Jamie Godbold’s Wroxham will offer Felixstowe & Walton a good test at the Goldstar
Felixstowe & Walton United will be looking to make it an unbeaten January when they host Wroxham at the Goldstar Ground on Saturday, while extending or maintaining their 19-point lead at the top of the Premier Division table, writes Phil Griffiths.
Last week’s point in the mud at Histon may well prove vital at the end of the season, but maintaining their unbeaten home record may be a far more important statistic.
The Norfolk side arrive at the Goldstar on the back of two wins, as their new management team look to turn the Yachtsmens’ fortunes around.
Former AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold was appointed manager at the beginning of the month, along with Andy Reynolds as his assistant, and they have set about getting the Yachtsmen back to their competitive best after relegation from the then Ryman League last season.
The home side know their fate is very much in their own hands, having built a substantial lead at the top of the division and looking destined to win the league title before a hiccup around Christmas that saw them pick up just one point from a possible nine, to open the door for the chasing pack.
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Since then they have got back on track, with three wins and last week’s draw which the management will consider a point gained rather than two lost, having played the last 30 minutes with ten men against a side in excellent form.
Manager Kevin O’Donnell was delighted with the point, feeling his side showed real grit when down to ten men, soaking up the pressure in the latter stages as the home side went in search of a winner.
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While the injury list is still significant, neither O’Donnell or Watson have used it as an excuse, and have been happy to throw youth into the equation, with 16-year-old Rory Porter getting a run-out at Histon last week.
But they are hopeful of having a couple of influential players back ready for action for this game… plus what has proved to be their 12th man, with more than 300 supporters backing the side at home games.