No dramas at Felixstowe & Walton, admits Seasiders’ skipper, despite recent losses

Felixstowe skipper Rhys Barber (right), fires in a shot. He is confident his side can string a winni

Felixstowe skipper Rhys Barber (right), fires in a shot. He is confident his side can string a winning run together again. Photo: STAN BASTON - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston

Felixstowe & Walton skipper Rhys Barber says there is no panic in his team’s dressing room despite their defeat to Wroxham on Saturday.

Seasiders' Scott Chaplin (red) and Wroxham defender Mark Shamrock battle for the ball

Seasiders' Scott Chaplin (red) and Wroxham defender Mark Shamrock battle for the ball - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston

The Yachtsmen beat the league leaders 1-0 at a wet Goldstar Ground. It was the Seasiders’ first home defeat of the season.

It opens up the Thurlow Nunn Premier division title race, with Coggeshall now in striking distance of the east Suffolk side – the Essex side are 18 points behind with six games in hand. Tonight Felixstowe entertain Great Yarmouth in a league clash.

“We’ve been here before this season and we just need to get that winning run going again,” Barber said.

“The first match of the season saw us thrashed by Brantham in the FA Cup and then we nearly lost to Stowmarket. But we got through that.

Even Felixstowe & Walton 'keeper Danny Crump is up for the corner as Felixstowe look for a late equa

Even Felixstowe & Walton 'keeper Danny Crump is up for the corner as Felixstowe look for a late equaliser against Wroxham on Saturday. Photo: STAN BASTON - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


“Every team has bad periods and we are having a bit of bad period at the moment.

“But we will bounce back from Saturday. It was a frustrating game against a side with a new management team. We’ve got everything in the dressing room to beat teams.

MORE: Wroxham grab the spoils with late goal at Felixstowe

Most Read

“Yes, Coggeshall have the games in hand but we have the points on the board and I would always rather have that.”

Felixstowe & Walton have led the table virtually all season, extending their lead at the top in impressive style.

But it was a defeat at Stowmarket just before Christmas and a shock Boxing Day loss at Ipswich Wanderers that halted their advance to what most saw as an inevitable title victory.

Their defeat to Wroxham on Saturday was their fourth in the league all season – three in their last eight games.

But Barber says his side will get back to winning ways.

“The game with Yarmouth is far from a ‘must-win’. But obviously we want to get a run going again,” he said.

“We still have to play Coggeshall as well. That will be a huge game.”

Coggeshall have lost two of their last three Premier Division games - to Histon and Brantham, but look favourties, along with Felixstowe & Walton, to gain one of the two promotion spots this season.

MORE: Football set for big boost in Suffolk

Fourth-placed Stowmarket, with two games in hand on third-placed Brantham, will have a say in that, especially with Coggeshall having to visit Brantham and Felixstowe.

Meanwhile, Brantham’s single goal defeat to Long Melford on Saturday was a blow for the Blue Imps, who have been in good form of late.

At the bottom – and with four set to be relegated – time is running out for Ipswich Wanderers and Wivenhoe Town, while Fakenham will need to pick up victories soon.

Hadleigh currently occupy the fourth spot and are at least within touching distance of fifth-bottom Haverhill Borough.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus