Seasiders hit the road for first time in Bostik North
PUBLISHED: 14:38 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 16 August 2018
With three points under their belt from the season opener at home to Bury Town FC last Saturday, Felixstowe & Walton venture to pastures new in their first season in The Bostik North with a trip to Burroughs Park, home of Great Wakering Rovers this weekend, writes Barry Grossmith.
Speaking after the 3-1 win last weekend, joint boss Kevin O’Donnell said: “Securing our first three points was a great feeling and I’m sure has settled a lot of pre-season nerves.”
He added: “This coming Saturday will be another test for us as we look to secure our first away points of the season.”
With no serious injury concerns, the Seasiders travel south, no doubt well supported as usual, and in confident mood.
All four new signings who started against Bury are settling in well and fans are hopeful of coming home on Saturday evening closer to the top than the middle of the table.
Joint coach Ian Watson added: “Now the pressure and excitement of our first game in Step 4 is over, we can look forward to our first “away day” of the season. It will be yet another test with a lot of changes at Great Wakering in the summer.”
The Essex side, promoted as champions last year from The Essex Senior League, are under new management with Garry Kimble, the ex-Witham and Tilbury boss, now at the helm.
A 3-0 defeat at the hands of Romford on the opening Saturday wasn’t the start Kimble would have wanted, saying that he felt that it had been frustrating and the scoreline didn’t tell the whole story.
He went on to say that he believes some of his squad may not be fully fit, but speaking to The Southend Echo he added,” Hopefully we will be OK, but we know it’s going to be a long season.”
Next up after Great Wakering is an FA Cup Preliminary round fixture at home to Walthamstow FC from The Essex Senior League on Saturday, August 25 at 3pm.