Wednesday, 22 April 2015


1 LONG MELFORD 35 +64 83 86
2 SWAFFHAM TOWN 35 +54 80 83
3 SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN 35 +30 77 80
4 GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN 35 +34 75 78

If there was a match which defined the business end of the season look no further than Saffron Walden Town's clash with Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday afternoon. It's 3rd v 4th in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One with only the top three going up to the Premier Division. The home side have a points total of 77 with The Bloaters on 75 so technically it's not a "winner takes all" match as the headline suggests as all the home side have to do is not lose to gain promotion.

Will it be a return of Premier Division football for the Norfolk side? They were relegated in 2012 after finishing bottom of the table. Or will it be a return to the top division for The Bloods which they left in 1984 to join the Isthmian League? The Essex side re-joined the Eastern Counties League in 2004/05 after being dormant for the 2003/04 season. They have been very close to promotion over the past few seasons finishing 6th, 6th and 5th.

A return of Premier Division football to The Wellesley?
Long Melford and Swaffham Town have already confirmed their promotion places but the title is still up for grabs technically. Long Melford are three points ahead with a +10 goal difference helping them so it would take two dramatic results in their final games of the season. Long Melford are at home to Downham Town with Swaffham hosting Woodbridge Town.

At the foot of the Premier Division Ely City and Diss Town have already been relegated with either Walsham-Le-Willows, FC Clacton or Wivenhoe Town joining them. Walsham probably have enough points to be safe as Wivenhow would need to win both remaining games and make up a six goal difference to catch them.... and who plays each other on the final day of the season.... Walsham-Le-Willows v FC Clacton!

16 WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS 37 -17 39 42
17 FC CLACTON 36 -21 36 42
18 WIVENHOE TOWN 36 -23 33 39
19 DISS TOWN 36 -71 23 29
20 ELY CITY 36 -61 21 27


Saturday 25th April 
FC Clacton v Kirkley and Pakefield  (4th)
Thetford Town (14th) v Wivenhoe Town

Saturday 2nd May
Walsham-Le-Willows v FC Clacton 
Wivenhoe Town v Ely City

It's a long way from the glory glory days of the Isthmian (aka Vauxhall and Diadora) Premier Division for Wivenhoe Town where they were members from 1990 to 1994 and also qualifying for the play-offs in the Southern League Division One ( East) in 2005. Since joining the Eastern Counties Premier Division in 2008 they have finished in 17th, 20th, 20th, 19th, 18th and 19th positions being reprieved from relegation several times.

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