Felixstowe & Walton 1 Mildenhall Town 0
- Credit: Archant
The Seasiders completed their home fixtures for the season with three points thanks to a headed goal from Duane Wright ten minutes into the second half.
The home side had to defend the lead with ten players following Stuart Ainsley’s dismissal just after the hour and were assisted by the woodwork as Walid Elforjani’s fierce strike cannoned back of Danny Crump’s left-hand post to deny the visitors a share of the spoils.
Felixstowe were strengthened by the return of Sheridan Driver in midfield and with Bradley Barber dropping into the centre of the back four for the injured Dan Davis, Wright returned to his preferred position in attack.
The reorganisation almost produced immediate results with Wright’s cross from the left in the second minute finding Josh Pope in the Hall goal, who had difficulty stretching to reach the ball in the swirling wind.
Appeals for a foul on Ben Cranfield by Pope were waved away by referee Mr Bloy as Pope finally cleared the immediate danger.
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Wright went close from Tom Dew’s cross as the home side started strongly, before Michael Harvey produced Hall’s first attempt on goal firing over the home cross bar from distance.
Home supporters were celebrating a goal on 12 minutes when Ryan Clark’s volley struck the underside of the cross bar before striking the ground.
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Without goal-line technology, it was impossible for the officials to be certain and appeals were waved away.
Hall gradually increased their share of possession with Crump gathering a well-struck shot from David Cooper and Rhys Barber produced a timely tackle to deny the busy Elforjani, before Daniel Brown latched onto the loose ball but fired wide. Pope produced a good save to deny Ainsley five minutes before the interval with Crump in the home goal quickly closing down to force Elforjani to shoot wide following good link up play with Cooper and Alex Steed as the sides went into the break all square.
Ryan Birchfield replaced Ryan Clark at the interval for the Seasiders and was immediately into action as the home side started the second period as they did the first, on the front foot.
Adarian Judge produced an excellent tackle as Cranfield was about to shoot but suffered for his bravery, eventually replaced by Kelvin Enaro.
A flowing move from Felixstowe on 55 minutes produced the only goal of the game with Lewis Pemberton’s precision cross from the right powerfully headed home by Wright from six yards.
Shortly after, Felixstowe were awarded a free-kick for a foul, but after an exchange of words, Ainsley was shown yellow and then red, leaving the home side to defend their lead for 30 minutes a player short.
Hall increased their tempo and were unlucky not to draw level when Elforjani’s well-struck shot struck a post with Crump well beaten.
Crump saved from Brown, and Dave Werthmann’s header went agonisingly past Logan’s outstretched boot and the far post in the dying seconds to deny the visitors a point.