It’s turning into a superb season for Thurlow Nunn side, Felixstowe & Walton United

Brantham Athletic v Felixstowe and Walton. Felixstowe's Ben Cranfield fires in the first goal.

Brantham Athletic v Felixstowe and Walton. Felixstowe's Ben Cranfield fires in the first goal. - Credit: Archant

At the start of the season if you had told Felixstowe & Walton manager Kevin O’Donnell his Seasiders team would be in two cup finals and sitting second in the league come March, he would probably not have believed you.

Not because he has never had faith in his side, but O’Donnell knows that the Dellwood Avenue club have not over-achieved in recent years. This season however they are putting a marker down.

On Tuesday night, Felixstowe made it through to a second cup final this season, coming from behind to seal a 3-1 Red Insure League Cup semi-final victory over Brantham Athletic.

Another final to go alongside their forthcoming Suffolk Premier Cup clash with Bury Town.

What a season it is turning out to be for the Seasiders.

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“It’s great isn’t it?” O’Donnell said.

“At the start of the season we sat down and worked out some targets.

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“We had some cup targets and a better league position, all hoping to generate extra publicity for the club.

“But I think it’s fair to say we didn’t expect to reach two cup finals and we fully understand that Brightlingsea are likely to overtake us in the league. But we are having a great season.”

Brantham came to Dellwood Avenue on Tuesday night, looking to atone for their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Seasiders just 10 days earlier.

And credit to them, they ensured the result was not a foregone conclusion, taking the lead in the 12th minute with a low strike from Simon Mann.

Showing great character and desire, Brantham maintained their lead until the 90th minute when pressure eventually told and Danny Thrower converted from the penalty spot after he had been brought down.

Felixstowe seized the initiative to dominate extra-time, scoring twice through Ryan Clark and Andy Crump.

“I think 3-1 was just about the right result,” said O’Donnell.

“We didn’t panic, even when time was ticking away. I didn’t see if it was a penalty from where I was standing. But most of my players said it was, although I’m sure most of the Brantham players will say otherwise.

“Now we have two cup finals to look forward to, against Newmarket in the League Cup and Bury in the Premier Cup.

“And I don’t want us to just go and enjoy the occasion. We can win both of them. I believe both cups are within our grasp.”

AFC Sudbury travel to Ware tonight hoping to reach the Ryman League Cup final.

David Batch’s side have hit a bit of a rocky spell right now, having not won in four league games.

Previously they were unbeaten in five. They have already beaten lowly Ware 2-1 at the MEL Group Stadium, earlier this season but the Hertfordshire side have hit a decent run of late and have hauled themselves off the bottom of Ryman North.

One factor in Sudbury’s favour is the that in 12 meetings, Ware are yet to beat the Suffolk side. Tonight would be a good time to start from their point of view. The winners play Maidstone United in the final.

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