Felixstowe & Walton United face Newmarket Town in crunch match

BOSS Kevin Witchalls may not consider tomorrow’s match at home to Newmarket Town as Felixstowe & Walton United’s biggest game of the season, but knows it is one they can ill afford to lose.

The Seasiders have only won three home matches in the Ridgeons League Premier Division so far this season – all against sides currently below them in the table.

Witchalls said: “It is obviously a match we want to win, but we have got 13 games left to play and games further down the line may become bigger games between now and the end of the season.

“When we went to Great Yarmouth at the end of last month, irrespective of where they are in the league, we knew we could not afford to come away without anything.”

That 7-1 win was Felixstowe’s last league game, due to the adverse weather, prior to their 3-0 defeat at Ely last Saturday.

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The Seasiders will be seeking to avenge a heavy defeat away to the Jockeys in early October.

“When we lost 4-1 away to Newmarket earlier in the season we tore them apart but got annihilated!

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“We outplayed them for 85 minutes, but they had five or six chances and four went in, whereas we had a dozen or 15 chances.

“Even one of the Newmarket supporters came up to me afterwards and said ‘how on earth did we win?’

“Results around us last Saturday have not helped, especially with Wivenhoe winning, but we have got games in hand on all those teams and have got to make them count.”

Skipper Matt Ryland, Arran Sheppard and new signing Remi Garrett were struck down by a sickness bug last weekend, but all three are likely to be fit.

Full back Tom Agricole is unavailable, but Jordan Matthews returns after serving a three-match ban following a sending off.

“With the squad as strong as it can be, team selection and shape will be key, and we will be doing our damndest to get the three points.

“There will be more pressure on us to beat Newmarket as they are one of the teams below us.

“We finished last season with 44 points, and I would like to think another nine or 10 points would make us safe this season, although it depends on the results of other teams around us,” added Witchalls.

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