Kevin O’Donnell believes team spirit is reason behind Felixstowe & Walton’s good form
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Felixstowe & Walton United boss Kevin O’Donnell believes his side’s team spirit and togetherness is the catalyst for their recent good form.
The Seasiders have gone from strength to strength in recent weeks after winning their last five games in all competitions, progressing into the semi-final of the Suffolk Premier Cup along the way.
Felixstowe travel to Walsham-Le-Willows tomorrow in Thurlow Nunn action just four days after hosting and defeating the Willows in the Red Insure Cup on Tuesday night.
Down to 10 men following goalkeeper Danny Crump’s first-half dismissal, the Seasiders dug in to put in a resolute team performance that saw Danny Thrower score a superb winning goal early into the second period of extra-time, firing Felixstowe into the quarter-finals of the competition.
And O’Donnell feels his team’s togetherness played an integral part in the win.
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“When you go down to 10 men, you need every single one of your players to give everything they’ve got and ours certainly did,” beamed O’Donnell.
“Tuesday epitomised the togetherness we have here.
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“We had to play for 75 minutes with 10 men and really dug deep to pull out a fantastic win, it was most pleasing.”
O’Donnell continued: “We entered extra-time with the belief that we’d get the goal and it was certainly a stunning one from Danny - he’s a talented player and is always capable of that.”
Excluding the opening day league defeat to Brightlingsea, who applied for Ryman League promotion earlier this week, and the respective FA Cup and Vase defeats, Felixstowe have been in fairly unstoppable form this season - only losing to league-leaders Hadleigh in a run of 13 league games.
“We are going places,” confirmed O’Donnell.
“We’re building momentum all the time and like I’ve said before we now have the team spirit to have a really successful season.”
And it’s not just the league that the Seasiders are performing in.
Earlier this month, Felixstowe sealed their place into the semi-finals of the Suffolk Premier Cup after beating Kirkley & Pakefield 3-0.
“After last season’s ordeal, we’re keen to make up for lost time in this particular competition,” said O’Donnell.
The Seasiders famously defeated an Ipswich Town XI 2-1 at Dellwood Avenue in the quarter-finals last campaign, only to be then kicked out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player.
“It was disappointing for us but we’ve put that behind us now,” O’Donnell added.
“Looking ahead to the semi-finals, we know we will face higher opposition but we’re not scared of anyone - we beat Ipswich last season and have already knocked AFC Sudbury out this year.”
The Seasiders are just one game away from Portman Road and will face one of Leiston, Needham Market or Bury in the next round should the latter get past Woodbridge in a delayed quarter-final fixture.
Looking ahead to the visit to Walsham this weekend, O’Donnell is expecting another tough test.
He said: “Walsham are a very hard-working side and it’s always a hard battle against them.”
“Just because we beat them on Tuesday with 10 men doesn’t mean we’re going to go there with 11 and roll them over easily.
“We’ll be prepared as always and will put a workmanlike performance in to try and get the three points.”