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O’Donnell looking for Seasiders to start picking up their away form

PUBLISHED: 15:03 02 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:22 02 November 2018

The Seasiders hoping for Darren Mills to recover from injury in time for Barking game. Photo:Thomas Bradford

The Seasiders hoping for Darren Mills to recover from injury in time for Barking game. Photo:Thomas Bradford

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This weekend’s encounter between Barking and Felixstowe sees two sides with almost identical records in Bostik North pitted against each other, writes Barry Grossmith.

The Blues, having conceded fewer goals, find themselves in ninth place facing The Seasiders, 13th, who would welcome three points at Mayesbrook Park following a little dip in recent form.

Speaking earlier in the week, joint coach Kevin O’Donnell said: “Following a positive start to the season, we now find ourselves in a position where our performances and results are inconsistent. We need to rediscover the killer instinct we have shown glimpses of at times.

“If we can maintain that, it will allow us to start picking up points, especially away from home where our form has been poor.

“Saturday will again be a tough test for us but if we hit the levels we are capable of, we should collect three points.”

Barking finished in a creditable 10th place last season, their first year in Bostik North, coming up from The Essex Senior League, and came away with an impressive 3-0 win at Great Wakering last Saturday.

Felixstowe, meanwhile, will be without Stuart Boardley who left the club this week to take over as manager at Leiston FC but will be hoping to see new signing from Coggeshall, Darren Mills, fit, following his injury at Heybridge last weekend.

Joint coach Ian Watson said he hopes to see a good number of Seasiders make the trip to Barking where he feels there is some unfinished business, the Blues having knocked Felixstowe out of the Emirates FA Cup in a replay three years ago.

“Yet again, this is going to be a tough test,” said Watson.

“It’s important we look to start picking up points away from home, or we may find ourselves moving in the wrong direction in the league.

“It’s a tough place to go on Saturday but, as always, we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Meanwhile, Reserves caretaker manager Alex Egelton sees the second string at home on Saturday against Haverhill Borough, who were relegated from Thurlow One last season, at The Goldstar Ground.

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

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Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

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