Good comparison test for Seasiders boss

FELIXSTOWE and Walton United manager Glen Driver and coach Tony Kinsella will be able to test how far they have come tomorrow.The Seasiders face Ridgeons League Premier Division leaders and last season's FA Vase finalists Lowestoft Town at Dellwood Avenue (kick-off 3pm).

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FELIXSTOWE and Walton United manager Glen Driver and coach Tony Kinsella will be able to test how far they have come tomorrow.

The Seasiders face Ridgeons League Premier Division leaders and last season's FA Vase finalists Lowestoft Town at Dellwood Avenue (kick-off 3pm).

Driver has been in charge for three months now after taking over from Steve Potts, and Felixstowe were beaten 5-2 at Crown Meadow before he took over.


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And a good-sized crowd is guaranteed for the visit of the Blues from north Suffolk with free admission for all under-16s.

With Ipswich Town playing away and only Stowmarket Town and Brantham Athletic at home from local clubs in the Ridgeons League, all roads should lead to Felixstowe.

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All 200 members of the club's junior section and their families plus local schools have been invited, and there will be half-time entertainment as well as bar promotions.

“We hope to attract people to Dellwood Avenue to show them what a pleasant afternoon a Felixstowe match day can be,” said Felixstowe commercial manager Chris Daynes.

“There are a lot of people who are not aware that the town has a football club.

“But once they have been it would be nice to think that they would come back.”

Daynes is a former Ipswich Town season ticket holder, but he is now committed to the non-league game having been Felixstowe programme editor for five years and commercial manager for four.

“I watched Ipswich Town play a home game the other week and it cost me �32. A dad and two children can watch tomorrow's Felixstowe match for a fiver.

“I had a seat at Portman Road for 15 seasons, but apart from the occasional visit when fixtures don't clash I have hardly been back since.

“I advise people to experience a Felixstowe game, and in these days of �100,000 a week wages the professional game has lost its appeal to many.”

Gates open at 2pm tomorrow and there are plans to have a youth and Felixstowe versus Lowestoft supporters' penalty shoot-outs during the interval.

Brantham entertain March in the First Division while Louis Newman's Stowmarket Town are at home to Halstead.

Steve Jay's promotion-chasing Hadleigh United visit Thetford with Mel Aldis' Debenham Leisure Centre on the road to Long Melford.

Steve Buckle's Ipswich Wanderers will fancy their chances at rock-bottom Fakenham.

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