Thurlow Nunn League bulletin
In the latest league round up, we look at how the other Thurlow Nunn League sides got on in the FA Cup this weekend.
ROAD TO WEMBLEY STARTS
The 2012-13 FA Cup competition began with the Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday. 10 Thurlow Nunn League teams made it straight through to the next round with another 5 involved in replays.
Biggest win of the afternoon went to last season’s league runners-up Ely City. The Robins beat United Counties League Rothwell Corinthians 7-1 with Richard Gammon netting a hat-trick. Four of Ely’s goals came in the final 10 minutes.
First Division Halstead Town won 3-1 at Premier Division FC Clacton while Fakenham Town’s attendance of 151 for the visit of St Ives Town was their biggest since February 2006.
Definite Preliminary Round matches on August 25th involving Thurlow Nunn League teams are:-
Bugbrooke St Michaels v Ely City
Dereham Town v Woodford United
Eton Manor v Norwich United
Felixstowe & Walt U v Heybridge Swifts
Godmanchester Rovers v Daventry Tn
Halstead Town v Brentwood Town
Harlow Town v Hadleigh United
Needham Market v Gorleston
Tilbury v Brantham Athletic
Whitton United v Aveley
Wisbech Town, Great Yarmouth Town, Kirkley & Pakefield, Haverhill Rovers and Wivenhoe Town are the teams involved in Extra Preliminary Round replays.
BOTH NEW TEAMS WIN
New boys Saffron Walden Town and Braintree Town Reserves both won their opening Thurlow Nunn League matches on Saturday. Saffron Walden beat Swaffham Town 3-1 while Braintree won 3-2 at Brightlingsea Regent. The two teams meet each other at Cressing Road on Wednesday evening.
FEW HOME COMFORTS
32 Thurlow Nunn League matches have been played so far this season but only 8 have resulted in home wins. In the Premier Division only 1 in 5 home teams have been successful.
HELP FROM PRISONERS
Prisoners from Hollesley Bay have been on work experience at Whitton United’s King George V Playing Fields ground helping to spruce up the facilities. They have been involved with a number of different tasks, including woodwork, and they have also painted the hospitality suite.
Last season prisoners did some excellent placement work at Rush Green Bowl, home of FC Clacton.
SUFFOLK FA CHIEF EXECUTIVE LEAVES
A Suffolk FA statement said: “The Board of Suffolk FA advises that it has accepted the resignation of its Chief Executive, Phil Knight, for reasons of his own. The Board would like to place on record their thanks for the commitment and progress Phil has afforded Suffolk FA. Phil has wished Suffolk FA well for the future and the Board has reciprocated accordingly. The Board will be dealing with the matter of a replacement Chief Executive in due course.”
Phil Knight’s role as chief executive at Suffolk FA will be filled primarily on a temporary basis by Football Services Manager, Jairo Marin.