Craig Jennings is spot-on as Felixstowe & Walton defeat Wivenhoe

Jordan Matthews connects with Nick Ingram’s cross to make it 2-0 for the Seasiders

Jordan Matthews connects with Nick Ingrams cross to make it 2-0 for the Seasiders - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston

Felixstowe & Walton United moved to within three points of league leaders Mildenhall Town, in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, after this convincing victory, which kept their title ambitions very much alive.

Referee Callum Walchester whistles for a penalty as Jordan Matthews is tumbled to the ground by Cons

Referee Callum Walchester whistles for a penalty as Jordan Matthews is tumbled to the ground by Constandinos Gaughan - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston

A double penalty strike from Craig Jennings took his tally of league goals to 18 for the season, with Jordan Matthews producing a clinical finish between his team-mate’s spot kicks.

Wivenhoe did keep the home side on their toes and pulled a goal back through a Matt Eve header, making it 2-1 with four minutes left.

However, Joe McCracken, who had already been booked, hauled down substitute Tom Winter a minute later, and Jennings restored the two-goal cushion, with his second spot kick of the afternoon.

The home side played some high-quality football in the first half, but had nothing to show for it as the visitors defended resolutely.

Matthew Eve (Blue 10) heads home as Wivenhoe make a late come back

Matthew Eve (Blue 10) heads home as Wivenhoe make a late come back - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston

It did provide plenty of entertainment for another healthy crowd at the Goldstar Ground though, as Kevin O’Donnell’s team produced some slick football, with Matthews in amongst most of the action.

He saw his rasping, goalbound volley from the edge of the area blocked by the head of Miguel Nydam, who didn’t know too much about it, early on in the proceedings.

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Then, former Ipswich Town youngster Callum Bennett saw his volley rattle the Wivenhoe crossbar as the Seasiders threatened to overrun their visitors in the opening 15 minutes.

Jennings, Sheridan Driver and Matthews all had chances before the break, but it took until the 50th minute to open the scoring when Nydam bundled over Matthews in the area, and Jennings blasted the spot kick past Ben Gallifant.

Felixstowe's Josh Kerridge climbs highest to head towards goal in front of Robo Ominiabohs

Felixstowe's Josh Kerridge climbs highest to head towards goal in front of Robo Ominiabohs - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston

It was 2-0 three minutes later as the home side produced another flowing move that ended with Nick Ingram playing in Matthews, who produced a smart finish.

Eve halved the deficit in the 86th minute with his header, but Jennings converted the game’s second penalty a minute later to restore the two-goal cushion.

Felixstowe: Crump, Bennett, Clarke, Driver (Ainsley 66), Barber, Kerridge, Jennings, Collins, Ingram (Winter 81), Matthews, Chaplin (Smy 72)

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