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Felixstowe & Walton v Walthamstow – big FA Cup preview

PUBLISHED: 14:12 22 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 22 August 2018

Felixstowe & Walton's Jack Ainsley, back for the Seasiders this weekend. Photo: STAN BASTON

Felixstowe & Walton's Jack Ainsley, back for the Seasiders this weekend. Photo: STAN BASTON

Stan Baston

Let’s be honest. It’s unlikely Felixstowe & Walton United will be facing Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup Final next May, writes Barry Grossmith.

Nevertheless, the romance that this competition brings spreads down through all levels of football. Just a couple of victories in the early rounds can not only bring in vital funds, it can also mean an attractive fixture against, for example, a top side from The National League and attention from the national media.

This apart, following the 2-0 defeat in the Bostik North at Great Wakering last Saturday, The Seasiders will be very keen to get back to winning ways in their forthcoming Emirates FA Cup tie at home to Walthamstow FC this weekend.

The Essex Senior League side have had mixed fortunes in their start to the season with one win, one draw and one defeat in the league. Including their 3-1 win over Walsham Le Willows in the cup, Walthamstow have seen 19 goals scored in their opening four games.

It will be a busy few days for the Seasiders who, after their cup tie, travel north to Dereham for another Bostik North encounter on Bank Holiday Monday.

With two games in three days, having a strong squad is vital.

Missing from the line up at Great Wakering was Jack Ainsley who is now available for a very welcome return following his suspension. Injury and illness will keep Kye Ruel and Joe Bloomfield on the sidelines for another few weeks but Jamal Wiggins came through his outing with the Reserves last Saturday and is now in contention.

Speaking to Seasiders TV, joint manager Ian Watson said, “This is the FA Cup….we will be taking it very seriously, fielding the strongest possible side. It will be good for the fans and is, of course, a very lucrative fixture.”

On that final point, it’s true that progress in this competition can indeed bring in much needed cash with prize money for progressing through the rounds seeing a significant increase on last year.

And why can’t non-league fans dream?

A fourth qualifying round home tie against Leyton Orient?

Why not?

Mark Heath, Andy Warren and Stuart Watson are back with another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

Trevoh Chalobah was proud to captain England Under 20s in their 2-0 victory over Germany at Colchester on Monday night but has already turned his attention to Ipswich Town’s Friday clash with West Brom.

Ipswich Town left-back Jonas Knudsen says he is ready to talk to other clubs in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is clear on his January recruitment strategy following a meeting with owner Marcus Evans yesterday.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features John Wark scoring twice in a draw with Swindon, while the Blues progressed in the League Cup.

Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor believes the international break has offered the perfect chance for the Blues squad to bond further following the arrival of Paul Lambert.

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell believes he is finally back up to speed following his year-long injury absence.

England Under 20s beat Germany 2-0 at Colchester this evening. ANDY WARREN was there to see how Trevoh Chalobah, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes got on

Paul Lambert is confident Ipswich Town can quickly overturn their five point deficit if they continue the progress they have made in the early weeks of his reign.

Ipswich Town’s Under-23s beat their Crystal Palace counterparts 5-2 at Playford Road this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his observations.

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