Felixstowe & Walton hoping the weather holds out as Danny Smy is set for a return

Felixstowe & Walton United's Danny Smy (left), who could be in for a return tomorrow afternoon follo

Felixstowe & Walton United's Danny Smy (left), who could be in for a return tomorrow afternoon following a lengthy injury - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe & Walton United host Stanway Rovers in a Thurlow Nunn Premier Division encounter on Saturday which both clubs will be praying is on.

Neither side has kicked a competitive ball in 2015, and both will be hoping the weekend weather forecast is wrong with more heavy rain due to hit the east coast.

Visitors Stanway will be looking to extend their unbeaten record away from the Hawthorns, while the Seasiders will be hoping to secure their third league win on the bounce.

The sides sit two places apart in the table with the hosts in fifth and the visitors in seventh separated by four points, with the home side having played two games more.

Tomorrow’s game is not exactly a six-pointer, but maximum points for the Seasiders would negate those two games in hand, while three points for Rovers would have them breathing down the hosts necks.

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Statistics aside, this looks likely to produce a close encounter with in-form Stanway unbeaten in the league since early October, although they have been draw specialists in that period.

Rovers have strengthened their squad significantly this season, most notably with experienced midfielder Karl Duguid in their ranks, having played more than 500 Football League games, mainly at Colchester United.

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Manager Angelo Harrop is himself an experienced and highly-rated player in non -league football, as is assistant Danny Slatter, who also has football league experience, starting his career at Chelsea.

Seasiders manager Kevin O’Donnell will be looking for his team to keep their latest mini-run going and should have close to a full squad to choose from, with Danny Smy almost ready to challenge for a starting berth, and end 16 months hard work in rehabilitation after rupturing his cruciate ligament at Thurrock in an FA Cup game in August 2013.

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