High-flying Histon will provide Seasiders with acid test this weekend
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Felixstowe & Walton will be happy to see the month out relatively unscathed as their injury list grows, writes Phil Griffiths.
But they will find the going tough as they travel to Histon this weekend, who are currently on a six-match winning run that includes a 2-1 win over second in the table Coggeshall.
The Stutes, relegated from the Southern League at the end of last season, took a while to re-adjust to Thurlow Nunn football after leaving the competition at the end of the 1999/2000 to go on a journey that took them to within a whisker of the Football League and FA Cup glory, knocking out Leeds United a decade ago in the third round, before losing to Swansea City in the next.
They started life back in the Thurlow Nunn confidently, winning five and drawing four of their opening nine games before losing in the reverse fixture at the Goldstar ground to the Seasiders.
They are one of the in-form sides, having scored 21 goals in this current winning run while conceding just three and will see a win here as a major step forward.
They are probably too far behind to catch the top two, but will see a third or fourth place finish a very realistic possibility.
One piece of news that the Seasiders fans will enjoy is the return of Nick Ingram, who has rejoined the club after a short spell at Bostik League (North) Mildenhall Town.
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Nick was in good form, scoring nine times in 21 appearances after joining last season, and scored five in 24 games this season before his move to Mildenhall. Hopefully now back to full fitness, he will give any defence a tough afternoon.
Also back and available for selection this week are Ethan Clarke and Stuart Ainsley, both of whom missed last week’s win over Thetford, with Sam Ford also hoping to be involved at some point after three weeks out with a hamstring problem.
The Seasiders have their destiny firmly in their own hands, while both Stowmarket Town and Coggeshall Town are reliant on the league leaders dropping points to reduce the current 19 point difference.