Felixstowe & Walton are Premier Division’s big scalp, says manager Kev O’Donnell

Kevin O'Donnell

Kevin O'Donnell

Felixstowe & Walton are in red-hot form and manager Kevin O’Donnell says his side are probable the biggest scalp in the division right now, as they continue to turn up the heat on leaders, Mildenhall Town.

The Seasiders have won eight of their last nine games in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, scoring 26 goals in the process, and have not conceded a goal in 555 minutes of football – since the 2-1 defeat at Gorleston on January 2.

In contrast, whilst still 10 points ahead of Felixstowe at the top, Mildenhall have taken only seven points from a possible last 18, have played two more games than the Seasiders, and still have to face fourth-placed Gorleston twice in the league.

“It’s still, without a doubt, very much possible (that Felixstowe can overtake Mildenhall),” said O’Donnell.

“Mildenhall have still got Gorleston to play twice and when we played them (Mildenhall) last week, we proved that we have a squad that is good enough to mix it at the top this season.

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“But I have been managing in this division long enough now to know that there can be twists and turns right up until the final day.

O’Donnell’s side defeated Mildenhall 3-0 at the Goldstar Ground last weekend, following that up with a 4-0 victory at Fakenham, and he added: “That was always going to be a crucial game for us, it was mentally huge, and was a big boost as it was our fifth clean sheet in a row.

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“All we can do now is take one game at a time, knowing we are probably the biggest scalp in the league at the moment – everyone wants to score against us.”

Meanwhile, O’Donnell revealed that the January defeat at Gorleston could turn out to be a defining moment in the Seasiders’ season, should they go on and win the title.

“The last time we conceded was at Gorleston and following that game we sat down as a squad and discussed where we wanted to go as a team,” O’Donnell explained.

“We spoke about the ambitions of the club and where we were as a squad.

“Things weren’t going wrong but it was the halfway point in the season.”

Felixstowe travel to seventh-placed Thetford Town on Saturday, while Mildenhall are on the road at sixth-placed Great Yarmouth.

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