Felixstowe & Walton must put FA Cup euphoria to one side

Felixstowe manager Kevin ODonnell

Felixstowe manager Kevin ODonnell - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe & Walton travel across the county in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division today, to take on a Long Melford side that picked up their first league win in five, in midweek, writes Phil Griffiths.

A Reece Clarke goal at Stoneylands was enough to separate Jules Mumford’s side from Ipswich Wanderers.

There is no doubt that the loss of star man Jamie Griffiths to a long-term injury in pre-season has been a major blow to the Villagers, and that is reflected in their goals column, with just five scored in their first eight league games.

For Kevin O’Donnell’s Seasiders, the game presents a difficult task, following the joy of last week’s FA Cup win.

They were deflated in midweek as Stanway Rovers took the points and also scored three times against a defence usually Scrooge-like on home soil.

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With another massive Emirates FA Cup game coming up next week, it may be difficult for the Seasiders to keep their focus on what, in reality, is their bread and butter.

With goal difference separating the sides at start of play, three points either way could push the winners up into a top-six spot while a third loss of the season for the Seasiders could see their league chances move further away.

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n Elsewhere this afternoon, Brantham Athletic travel to Haverhill Rovers and Stanway Rovers entertain Ipswich Wanderers.

Meanwhile, Swaffham host Newmarket.

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