Chae Simmons’ late strike ends Felixstowe & Walton United’s title dreams

Felixstowe striker Nick Ingram thinks he has scored, but his shot hit the post

Felixstowe striker Nick Ingram thinks he has scored, but his shot hit the post - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston

Thurlow Nunn Premier Felixstowe & Walton United 0 Godmanchester Rovers 1 Any slender hopes the Seasiders had of taking their first league title disappeared in the second minute of injury time when Godmanchester’s Chae Simons cut inside and fired low into the corner of Danny Crump’s net from the edge of the area to send the visitors into raptures and their hosts into despair.

Manager Kevin O’Donnell ponders the setback to Felixstowe’s championship hopes

Manager Kevin ODonnell ponders the setback to Felixstowes championship hopes - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston

This defeat leaves Felixstowe trailing Mildenhall by nine points with four games left and the West Suffolk side having to lose three of their final four games, with the Seasiders winning their last four.

It was an afternoon the home side will look back on and wonder what might have been, had an early sweeping move down the right not been thwarted by Rovers ‘keeper Sam Palmer, who somehow palmed a close range effort over the bar as Josh Kerridge looked certain to score as he met Jordan Matthews’ cross.

The visitors, who have made a remarkable recovery in the second half of the campaign after losing the bulk of their squad before the season kicked off, saw plenty of the ball and were willing to work hard on a warm sunny afternoon to close the Seasiders down and chase lost causes, while striker Ben Yeomans was always a threat up front.

The home side had the better of the chances but were perhaps left thinking it was not their day, as firstly Tom Winter drove a decent effort into the side netting, followed by Nick Ingram curling an effort just wide of Palmer’s right hand post.

Godmanchester claim for a penalty as Sheridan Driver clears for the Seasiders

Godmanchester claim for a penalty as Sheridan Driver clears for the Seasiders - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston


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He burst through on the left with 15 minutes left to play and hit a thumping volley across Palmer that beat the diving ‘keeper, only to smash against the inside of the post and rebound out to safety.

Felixstowe’s misery was compounded when centre back Dan Davis picked up a second yellow card with two minutes left for a clumsy challenge on Yeomans, to leave the side with ten men for the final minutes and looking over their shoulders at third placed Newmarket, who hit double figures at Wivenhoe to close within one point.

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