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Big non-league preview: Steps 3 and 4 begin, FA Vase. Our thoughts, our predictions on 17 games....

17 September, 2020 - 19:00
Delight for Bury Town striker Cemal Ramadan after he scores the only goal of the game in the FA Cup win at Compton Park, Cogenhoe last week. Picture: NEIL DADY

Delight for Bury Town striker Cemal Ramadan after he scores the only goal of the game in the FA Cup win at Compton Park, Cogenhoe last week. Picture: NEIL DADY

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League action commences for our Step 3 and 4 clubs this weekend, as well as the FA Vase getting underway. Lots of big games. MIKE BACON and CARL MARSTON cast their eyes over them.

Liam Jackson scores his second goal of the game in Leiston's comfortable victory over Halstead in the FA Cup. It will be a stiffer test against Rushall. Picture: PAUL VOLLERLiam Jackson scores his second goal of the game in Leiston's comfortable victory over Halstead in the FA Cup. It will be a stiffer test against Rushall. Picture: PAUL VOLLER

Lots of cracking ties this weekend and Suffolk sides have plenty on their plate, with the Southern League and Isthmian League beginning, as well as the FA Vase.

Marston currently leads Bacon 13-17 in the predictions standings - 3pts for a correct result and scoreline, 1pt for a correct result.

SOUTHERN CENTRAL PREM

Redditch v Needham Market

Last season this would have been a shoe-in for the Marketmen, as Redditch struggled badly. But they have had some decent investment in the summer and made several new signings. Fascinating to see how this one will go.

MIKE: 1-1, CARL 1-2

Leiston v Rushall Olympic

Former Wolves man Michael Kightly could make his league debut for Olympic at Victory Road. Early, big test for Darren Eadie’s young Leiston side, who have enjoyed a good pre-season.

MIKE: 1-1, CARL 1-2

Barwell v Lowestoft

Morale-boosting result and performance from Jamie Godbold’s side in midweek as they beat Bury to reach the Premier Cup final. No reason they can’t start this new league campaign with a bang.

Josh Mayhew on target for Stowmarket. It would be a shock if they lost at Thetford. Picture: HOGAN COBBOLDJosh Mayhew on target for Stowmarket. It would be a shock if they lost at Thetford. Picture: HOGAN COBBOLD

MIKE: 0-2, CARL 2-2

ISTHMIAN NORTH

Great Wakering v Felixstowe & Walton

The Seasiders will be looking to achieve a better start than last season, an opening day 4-1 loss at home to the same side. Felixstowe hope to welcome back Noel Aitkens and Curtis Haynes-Brown from injury.

MIKE: 1-1, CARL 1-2

Keiran Morphew rises high to head home for Needham, who travel to Redditch. Picture: BEN POOLEYKeiran Morphew rises high to head home for Needham, who travel to Redditch. Picture: BEN POOLEY

AFC Sudbury v Coggeshall Tn

Sudbury came from behind to win their FA Cup clash last week and showed great resilence in doing so. On their home 3G could well just have enough for Coggeshall. This has all the makings of a thoroughly interesting clash.

MIKE: 3-1, CARL 2-0

Basildon v Bury

The Basildon manager quit this week after one game, so which Basildon side will turn up? Bury didn’t play badly in their Premier Cup defeat to Lowestoft in midweek and have the quality to get their league season off to a good start.

MIKE: 0-3, CARL 1-2

Sudbury boss Mark Morsley watches on from the sidelines. His side entertain Coggeshall. Picture: PAUL VOLLERSudbury boss Mark Morsley watches on from the sidelines. His side entertain Coggeshall. Picture: PAUL VOLLER

FA VASE 1st QR

Hadley v Hadleigh Utd

A battle of the clubs with the same sounding name, if not spelling! Christian Appleford’s Hadleigh have made a super start to the season and currently sit top of Thurlow Prem. Homesters, Hadley, from the Essex Senior league lost on pens to FC Clacton in the FA Cup last week.

MIKE: 1-0, CARL 0-1

Huntingdon v Mildenhall Tn

Step 6 opposition for Ricky Cornish’s side and Mildenhall must fancy their chances to progress. However, Huntingdon have won a couple of their opening UCL Division One games.

MIKE: 3-3, CARL 1-0

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Ilford v Long Melford

Could be a tricky one this for Long Melford. Ilford are fast attacking and can score goals, but they leak them as well. Melford will be buoyed by their FA Cup win in midweek.

MIKE: 1-2, CARL 2-1

Ipswich Wands v Brantham

Wanderers are on cloud 9 after reaching the Suffolk Senior Cup final in midweek, but Brantham are proving a tough nut to crack this season. The Blue Imps may have injuries, but they must start favourites.

MIKE: 0-2, CARL 1-3

Saffron Walden v Whitton

After a tough week all round at King George V, with the injury to keeper George Bugg and defeat to Dereham, it’s another tough trip on the road for Shane Coldron’s side. Potentially not a lot in this.

MIKE 2-2, CARL 2-0

Sheringham v Newmarket

It would be a huge shock should the Jockeys not see off their Step 6 opponents, although they will want to bounce back from their poor result (0-6), at Royston in the FA Cup last weekend.

MIKE: 0-4, CARL 2-2

Diss v Fakenham

An all-step 6 clash and it will be a tricky one to call. Fakenham have started the season impressively, but Diss had a fine win over Debenham last time out. Both sides will fancy this.

MIKE: 0-2, CARL 2-1

Lakenheath v Framlingham

The home side are three wins from three and this is a tough gig for Framlingham, who were beaten at home by March Town last week. Be a good one for Fram to come up trumps in.

MIKE: 3-0, CARL 4-0

EASTERN COUNTIES PREM

Haverhill v Woodbridge

Neither side has won a league game as yet and both sides will want to win and build some confidence. Rovers had a fine victory over Wisbech in the FA Cup, but were disappointing in midweek to Hadleigh.

MIKE 1-1, CARL 2-2

Thetford v Stowmarket

You have to fancy Stowmarket to pick up all three points at a Thetford side who have yet to win a game, bar one in the FA Cup.

MIKE 0-3, CARL 0-2

SIL SENIOR

Henley v Benhall St Mary

One match, one win for Henley, two matches, two wins for Benhall. Something has to give and it should be a fascinating contest. One suspects Benhall will have to have their A game on to pick up a point or three.

MIKE: 3-1, CARL 1-3

RUNNING SCORE: Mike 13 Carl 17


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