Happy days for Danny Smy at Felixstowe & Walton

Danny Smy on the attack

Danny Smy on the attack - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe & Walton striker Danny Smy says the Seasiders’ 4-0 thumping of Hadleigh United, in the Thurlow Nunn Premier 10 days ago, will take some beating.

After a 1-0 victory over Long Melford on the opening day, Kev O’Donnell’s side blew away the Brettsiders at The Millfield, courtesy of goals from Miles Powell (2), Josh Kerridge and Tom Dew.

An injury to defensive lynchpin Kris Rose didn’t help Hadleigh’s cause, but the Seasiders, who sit second in the league, behind leaders Stanway Rovers, were on top form and will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Reflecting on the result, ahead of Saturday’s 3-2 win at Saffron Walden, Smy said: “That game was the best 90 minutes I have been involved in since being at Felixstowe.

“We have ground out some big wins but with the work ethic and ethos that (manager) Kev (O’Donnell) is instilling in us, we were at Hadleigh from the start.

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“Hadleigh have lost a few big players, not just in terms of their reputation but also their physicality, but they still have some good players and anyone watching from the start would have seen how we worked together as a team. You can’t ask for anything more than that.”

The only blot on the Seasiders’ copybook so far this season has been the FA Cup extra-time defeat at Barking.

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Felixstowe were left to rue missed first-half chances as they were caught on the break with the home side having been reduced to 10 men in extra-time.

Armani Schaar levelled the game in time added-on at the end of the 90 minutes, before Barking broke away twice in the extra half-hour that was played.

“I should have buried a chance before half-time and we missed a couple of other opportunities,” explained Smy.

“We were probably a bit naive with some of our defending but their third goal was a breakaway after we had pushed everyone up for a corner.”

With regards to the league, Smy, who returned towards the end of last season after recovering from a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury,” said: “It’s still relatively early in the season but I always maintain that winning games is a good habit to get into.

“I know we lost in the FA Cup but we were one or two players short.

“We started against Long Melford which was always going to be a tricky game, as they were in the winning habit from last season.

“There were a few first day jitters but it was good to get a win under our belts.”

Felixstowe host Brantham Athletic tomorrow night.

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