Felixstowe & Walton are convincing winners against league leaders Mildenhall Town
- Credit: Photo:Stan Baston
Twice this season, Felixstowe have attracted a crowd of around the 400 mark, and on both occasions they have produced a performance to send their fans home happy.
Felixstowe & Walton United 3 Mildenhall Town 0
There was certainly no doubt about this convincing result, as they stepped their game up against the runaway league leaders in the second half to score three times without reply for the fourth consecutive game, and put a dent in the league leaders’ promotion ambitions.
The home sided edged a tight first half that lasted nearly an hour with Josh Pope, in the visitors’ goal, needing extended attention after landing heavily in a packed goalmouth, in the opening minutes, as he collected a high ball. Stuart Ainsley was then substituted in the 23rd minute with a pulled hamstring, again after an extended stoppage.
Craig Jennings scored his 18th goal of the season with the aid of a post, converting a 53rd minute penalty after Scott Chaplin had been upended by Pope, as he burst into the visitors’ area.
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The goal put the hosts firmly in control of the game, and when substitute Tom Winter doubled the score from close range in the 79th minute, converting Jordan Matthews pass at the end of a mazy run into the Mildenhall area, the points looked secure.
Other than punching away a high ball into the area under pressure midway through the second period, Crump in the home goal had a fairly comfortable afternoon, unlike his counterpart in the Mildenhall goal, whose afternoon ended with a calamitous third goal in time added on.
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The goalkeeper and Cooper left a loose ball for each other on the edge of the area and Miles Powell nipped in to calmly lob the ball over Pope into an unguarded net.
This rounded off an excellent team performance from the hosts against the runaway league leaders.
Felixstowe: Crump, Bennett, Ainsley (Clarke 23), Wiggins, Barber, Davis, Chaplin (Powell 73), Driver, Jennings, Matthews, Andrews (Winter 59),
Mildenhall: Pope, Cooper, Sam Parkinson, Asensi (Luke Parkinson 81), Ruddy, Simpson, Hilton (Melanson 68), Green, Jacob Brown, Spriggs, Clift (Dan Brown 55)
Referee: Paul Quick