The 2017/18 FA Vase gets underway on Saturday with more that half of the Thurlow Nunn League sides involved in First Qualifying Round ties. Not all will make it through to the next round as there are six all-TNL matches including five between Premier and First Division teams:-
Haverhill Rovers v. Whitton United
Long Melford v. Halstead Town
Norwich CBS v. Ipswich Wanderers
Wivenhoe Town v. Holland FC
Stowmarket Town v. Team Bury (this tie is being played on Sunday afternoon at Bury Town FC)
There is just the one all- Premier Division tie:-
FC Clacton v. Coggeshall Town
Matches against teams from other leagues are:-
Fakenham Town v. Huntington Town
Great Yarmouth Town v. FC Broxbourne Borough
Hadleigh United v. Wadham Lodge
Histon v. Blackstones
Redbridge v. Brantham Athletic
Saffron Walden Town v. Sawbridgeworth
Brimsdown v. Debenham LC
Downham Town v. Biggleswade United
Framlingham Town v. Waltham Forest
Ilford v. Cornard United
March Town United v. Peterborough Northern Star
Stwarts & Loyds v. Swaffham Town
Woodbridge Town v. Hoddesdon Town
Enfield 1893 v. Haverhill Borough (this tie is being played on Sunday)
The 46 game Premier Division season continues with another raft of midweek matches.
Felixstowe & Walton United will be looking to increase their lead at the top of the table in their Tuesday evening match at Hadleigh United while there are also games that night at Great Yarmouth Town, Haverhill Rovers, Ipswich Wanderers and Wroxham. The latter sees the home side entertain Stowmarket Town in a match that has been switched from Stowmarket because the Greens Meadow pitch is still not playable.
Wednesday evening features Premier Division fixtures at Godmanchester Rovers and Long Melford.
In the First Division Downham Town, Framlingham Town, Leiston Reserves and Norwich CBS all have home games on Tuesday while the First Division KO Cup begins with March Town United at home to Needham Market Reserves.
Felixstowe & Walton United demonstrated their Championship ambitions on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten Histon in front of 440 spectators. Kerridge, Francis and Chaplin scored the goals. The three points took the Seasiders to the top of the table for the first time this season with previous leaders Coggeshall Town losing 3-2 at Thetford Town, who are now second.
Next Saturday Thetford are at home to Felixstowe.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division Ipswich Wanderers gained their first victory of the season and there were also wins for Haverhill Rovers, Godmanchester Rovers, Brantham Athletic, Ely City, Newmarket Town and Walsham le Willows.
In the First Division leaders Woodbridge Town had an impressive 3-1 win at Swaffham Town while second and third placed Whitton United and Holland FC also had victories. Debenham LC, the only Thurlow Nunn League side unbeaten in all matches this season, are now fourth after beating Norwich United Reserves 1-0.
The big games keep coming in the Premier Division. Saturday sees the top four all playing each other!
Leaders Coggeshall Town are at fourth placed Thetford Town while Felixstowe & Walton United entertain Histon – second and third in the table and both unbeaten.
The three remaining Thurlow Nunn League teams in the FA Cup all take on higher league opposition in Saturday’s First Qualifying Round matches.
Great Yarmouth Town and Haverhill Borough are both at home to Southern League Step 4 opponents in Chesham United and King’s Langley respectively, while Gorleston entertain Bostik League Barking.
Good luck to them all.
Just the one Friday night match this week with Wisbech St Mary entertaining King’s Lynn Town Reserves.
The match had been originally scheduled to The Walks but has switched because of Lynn’s FA Cup match on Saturday afternoon.
Coggeshall Town returned to the summit of the Premier Division after an impressive 3-0 win at Saffron Walden Town on Tuesday evening. Nwachuku, Shaw and Guthmy were the scorers. Felixstowe & Walton United are back up to second after beating Kirkley & Pakefield 2-1 with all the goals coming in the first half. There was another encouraging gate at the Goldstar Ground with 288 attending. On Saturday the Seasiders entertain the only other unbeaten side in the division, Histon. Walsham le Willows lost their unbeaten tag, going down 5-2 at Wroxham.
Fakenham Town gained their first points of the season with Kyle Plumb scoring in injury time for a 2-1 success over Ely City. Long Melford gained their first win, leaving Stanway Rovers with a single goal victory. Managerless Ipswich Wanderers are now bottom after losing 4-0 at home to Brantham Athletic.
There’s eight Premier Division matches to choose from on Tuesday and the evening could end with any one of four teams leading the table.
Coggeshall Town are currently in second position behind Histon as they embark on a tricky trip to Saffron Walden Town, fresh from a comprehensive 5-0 win over Thetford on Saturday. In third place Felixstowe & Walton United will be looking to preserve their 100% record as they entertain Kirkley & Pakefield, yet to win this season. Should both Coggeshall and Felixstowe lose then Thetford Town could go top with a big win over Great Yarmouth Town.
There are also Premier Division matches at Fakenham Town, Ipswich Wanderers, Stanway Rovers and Newmarket Town, while Walsham le Willows travel to Wroxham looking to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact.
The First Division features matches at March Town United and Team Bury, whose visitors Debenham LC have yet to taste defeat this season.
Histon, unbeaten since their return to the Eastern Counties League, have gone top of the Premier Division after beating Godmanchester Rovers 4-2 on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. Matthew Hayden scored two of the goals that helped Histon to a 4-0 lead before Goddy hit back with two second half strikes.
The other two Bank Holiday Monday Premier Division matches ended 2-1 with FC Clacton coming from behind to overcome Hadleigh United and Haverhill Borough beating Wivenhoe Town.
Whitton United eased to a 3-0 success over Little Oakley to go second in the First Division. Wales, Cole and Rampley scored their goals.
Histon can go top of the Premier Division on Monday afternoon with three points from their home match with Godmanchester Rovers.
There are also Premier Division matches at FC Clacton (v. Hadleigh United) and Haverhill Borough (v. Wivenhoe Town) plus Whitton United v. Little Oakley in the First Division. Whitton would go second in the table if they avoid defeat.
All four matches kick-off at 3.00pm