Felixstowe & Walton chairman is ‘daring to dream’ as race with Hadleigh United and Brightlingsea for Thurlow Nunn title hots up

Andy Wilding

Andy Wilding

Felixstowe & Walton United chairman Andy Wilding has admitted he is ‘daring to dream’, ahead of the Seasiders’ home game against lowly Ely City tomorrow.

Felixstowe go into their clash at Dellwood Avenue in second place in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and are only being kept off top spot courtesy of Hadleigh United’s superior goal difference.

The leaders, who host mid-table Walsham-le-Willows, have faltered in recent weeks and have taken just a single point from their last five games, having previously lost two of their opening 29 league games this season.

Third-placed Brightlingsea can’t be ruled out either, especially with a game in hand and their clash at fourth-placed Gorleston today could be a significant game in the chase for the title.

As for the Seasiders, they have won 12 of their previous 14 games and after talking down their chances for so long, they are now on course for a memorable treble, with final appearances in the Red Insure Cup and Suffolk Premier Cup still to come.

They have every chance with striker Ben Cranfield having scored 27 goals in 41 games this campaign.

Chairman Wilding said: “In my last set of programme notes I asked was it right to dare to dream.

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“After the midweek games and our win at Newmarket we are now level-pegging with Hadleigh.

“We still have four games to go and I think I have a right to dream, especially with the treble still a possibility.”

After two 18th-placed finishes and a 14th-placed finish last season, the Seasiders have been somewhat of a surprise package under Kevin O’Donnell this term and Wilding is happy word is spreading about his team’s exploits.

“Over the last three years we have turned ourselves around,” said Wilding.

“Things are happening and changing and the people are beginning to realise that there is a half-decent football club in this seaside town.”

After tomorrow’s games, Felixstowe’s remaining three matches will see them travel to bottom-of-the-table Woodbridge on Easter Monday, who go to Haverhill today, before a trip to Norwich United precedes a final day home clash with Godmanchester Rovers.

Hadleigh’ remaining games see the Brettsiders go to Brantham Athletic on Monday, before games at CRC and at home to Mildenhall.

Brightlinsgea end their season with a home game against FC Clacton on Monday, which is followed by a trip to Diss and two home games against Brantham and Norwich United.

The Seasiders’ game in the Suffolk Premier Cup Final will now take place at AFC Sudbury’s Stadium on April 29 (kick-off 7.30pm).

Their Red Insure Final game at Diss Town, against Newmarket, will be held on May 5 (3pm kick-off).

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