Denniss confident new-look Felixstowe can beat drop
JAY Denniss is convinced Felixstowe and Walton United are just one win away from getting their season back on track.
The Seasiders are currently rock bottom of the Ridgeons League Premier Division, but crucially have five games in hand on the three teams directly above them.
This could count for nothing for a side that have won just a fifth of all their 20 league matches this season.
But Denniss, who signed from Needham Market on New Year’s Eve, is only reflecting on the positives.
His three games might only have heralded two points for United, but it is the performances, both in training and matches, that has left the midfielder confident about the challenges ahead, starting today with a home game against fellow strugglers Histon Reserves.
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Denniss said: “In the three games I have played, the team has done pretty well in two of them. I am sure that once we get one win, the rest will follow.
“From what I have seen from the players the club has brought in, and the ones already here, I am confident we can beat the drop. We had training on Tuesday night and everyone was really up for the Histon game.”
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At 28 years old, it would be unfair to describe Denniss as a veteran. But Felixstowe joint managers, Kevin Witchalls and Andy Clarke, brought him to add experience to a youthful squad.
The former Bury Town and Needham man said: “I have been playing Ridgeons League football for about 12 seasons and I just thought Felixstowe was the right club – only in the wrong position. I didn’t want them to go out of the league, so I decided to try to help save them.
“I never wanted to leave Needham, but I wasn’t playing as much as I would have liked. Everyone wants to play football, so I was delighted to commit to Felixstowe for the rest of the season.”
Denniss, who signed having made 150 appearances from Needham, has been joined at Dellwood Avenue by Craig Payne on loan from Hadleigh United and Robbie Smythe from Woodbridge Town. Keeper Dan Heath and utility man Tom Agricole are also among the new recruits.
A mixture of fresh blood and fresh young faces means Denniss is only too aware that he has a role to play in helping the club’s youngsters through a difficult spell.
He said: “I will try to help the youngsters as much as I can – we also have Glenn Snell talking to the forwards and Tom Agricole at the back. I am nearly 10 years older than most of them, so I know that is part of my job.”