Felixstowe & Walton host Woodbridge in a local Suffolk derby that sees both sides needing the points for different reasons. Dark horses Felixstowe are in the hunt for the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title while Woodbridge are searching for that 18th-placed position that might just keep them in the division, following CRC’s resignation.

It's raining buckets: Volunteers sponging off the water for last Friday's encounter

It's raining buckets: Volunteers sponging off the water for last Friday's encounter - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe & Walton United host Woodbridge Town in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this weekend with both sides desperately needing the points to add to their contrasting seasons.

Fork and wellies at the ready: Volunteers at Felixstowe

Fork and wellies at the ready: Volunteers at Felixstowe - Credit: Archant

The Seasiders have been in excellent form this season and a recent run, which has seen them lose just once in their last 13 league games, has lifted them as high as second-place.

Felixstowe volunteer Carl Eayrre helps mop up the water at Dellwood Avenue before the Newmarket game

Felixstowe volunteer Carl Eayrre helps mop up the water at Dellwood Avenue before the Newmarket game - Credit: Archant

The Woodpeckers meanwhile have been rooted to the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier for the majority of the campaign after a season of struggle, but their hopes have been lifted with the impact of new boss Lee Elliston, who took the reins at Notcutts Park in early January.

With fellow high-flyers Hadleigh United and Brightlingsea Regent in FA Vase action this weekend, Saturday represents the perfect opportunity for Felixstowe to strengthen their grip at the top of the table.

And for Woodbridge, results between now and the end of the season are arguably of even greater importance as, with CRC announcing their resignation from the League, it could mean that only two teams get relegated from the top tier of Thurlow Nunn football this year.

With this in mind, it could see the side that finishes in 18th spot safe from relegation – a position very much in Woodbridge’s sights.

Despite being unveiled as the Woodpeckers’ chief in early January, Elliston has only overseen two games in charge due to the terrible weather conditions.

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One of those was a win though, and with some new faces and fresh belief in their squad, Felixstowe would be naive to think this game has a home walkover written all over it.

The pair are yet to meet this campaign but the Seasiders came out on top in both league encounters last season triumphing 3-1 and 2-1.

Results have been prety shared over the years and in fact since 2007, the Woodpeckers just have the edge over Felixstowe with six wins to their name compared to the Seasiders’ five, while another fixture ended in a draw.

With wet weather imminent between now and kick-off, Felixstowe might have to call upon their fantastic volunteers again who rallied with a great effort to get their home game on against Newmarket recently.

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