Friday night take-two as Felixstowe & Walton host Hadleigh United

Hadleigh ’s Duane Wright shoots in front of Felixstowe & Walton's Dan Davis

Hadleigh s Duane Wright shoots in front of Felixstowe & Walton's Dan Davis - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe & Walton host Hadleigh United at The Goldstar tonight (7.45pm ko) with much having changed since in the months since this fixture was postponed.

Callum Bennett (blue), who will make his Felixstowe debut tonight after joining from Bury Town

Callum Bennett (blue), who will make his Felixstowe debut tonight after joining from Bury Town - Credit: Archant

The Suffolk rivals were due to meet back in September for a Friday night game and the teams were about to take the field in front of more than 200 spectators when the fog descended, forcing the game to be called off.

Since then Hadleigh have had a change of management, personnel and fortunes and go into this game on the back of a five-match winning run that followed the appointment of Ian Brown to the hot-seat in early January.

The reigning Thurlow Nunn Premier champions have lifted themselves up into third spot in the table at the expense of the Seasiders who dropped three places last week without kicking a ball in anger due to their trip to Haverhill Rovers falling victim to the weather.

Felixstowe and Hadleigh last met in the final game of 2014 when the Seasiders took all three points with a 2-0 win at The Millfield, courtesy of an own goal and a Ben Cranfield finish.

Since then Duane Wright has moved from Tinkers Lane to The Goldstar Ground. The striker scored 10 goals for Hadleigh in the first half of the season and has added a further two for his new club in his three games since joining. Liam Barrett has moved in the other direction, joining The Brettsiders from Felixstowe.

The Seasiders further strengthened their squad with the signing of Callum Bennett from Ryman League Premier Division side Bury Town earlier this week. The 21-year-old right-back was a member of the Ipswich Town youth set up, spent a year with Notts County and made 20 first team appearances for Bury.

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It promises to be a close encounter between two sides who have both lost just one of their last six matches. A home win wouldn’t be enough for Felixstowe to catch their visitors, five points separating the sides, but with two games in hand it would put them in a strong position. An away win would, temporarily at least, see the Hadleigh close to within two points of second-placed Godmanchester.

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