Felixstowe & Walton and Coggeshall Town meet up in the Thurlow Nunn Premier match of the weekend

Felixstowes Stuart Ainsley (red) in aerial challenge with Godmanchester's Phil Peachey. Ainsley and

Felixstowes Stuart Ainsley (red) in aerial challenge with Godmanchester's Phil Peachey. Ainsley and his Felixstowe team-mates travel to Coggeshall on Saturday. Photo: STAN BASTON - Credit: Archant

There is little doubt about the Thurlow Nunn Premier League match of the day this weekend as third-placed Felixstowe & Walton travel to West Street, home of current league leaders Coggeshall Town.

It will be the Seasiders first visit there for 35 years as they look to extend a winning start to the season against a side sitting two points clear at the top of the table, who also boast a 100% record.

The last time these two met at West Street was 1982 in an FA Vase replay, the Seasiders playing then as Felixstowe Town against the hosts who were then playing their football in the Essex Senior League.

Promoted as runners up behind Stowmarket last season, the Seedgrowers have made an excellent start to their first campaign in the Premier Division and will present the Seasiders with their stiffest test to date.

Seasiders manager Kevin O’Donnell was down to earth on Wednesday when asked after the Clacton game which Felixstowe had won 3-0, and the weekend ahead.


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“I thought we managed the game at Rush Green well from start to finish, and looked dangerous every time we went forward,” he said.

“We never looked like conceding and it was good to keep a clean sheet.

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“Saturday’s game at Coggeshall will be a tough challenge for us, however, it is only one game in a very long season.

“Our away support at Clacton was fantastic again, getting right behind the side and the players are responding to them in the best possible way!”

Whichever way the game goes the Seasiders will not overtake the leaders who have a +11 advantage on goal difference unless the fixture throws up a shock scoreline.

Thetford Town have made a solid start to their season, with just the one league defeat to date. They travel to Saffron Walden this weekend.

Histon, back on the Eastern Counties League again this season, have three wins and three draws to their start to the campaign and the Cambridgeshire-based side will look to keep that unbeaten run going, at Wivenhoe Town. It’s three wins out of three for Haverhill Rovers and an unbeaten start too for Paul Smith’s Walsham – the two meet at Haverhill.

At the bottom of the table, Fakenham and Haverhill Borough will both be looking for their first points of the season, the Norfolk side travel to Hadleigh United, while Haverhill are at Kirkley.

There is Friday night football at Humber Doucy Lane tomorrow night, with Wanderers entertaining Great Yarmouth, while in the First Division, Badingham Road hosts another big game, as Framlingham entertain league leaders Woodbridge Town in a huge local derby.

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