Miles Powell suffers bad injury as Felixstowe & Walton edge drab Great Yarmouth affair
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A late strike, seven minutes from time, from substitute Nick Ingram secured three more points as Felixstowe & Walton kept up the pressure at the top of the Premier Division.
The Seasiders had dropped to third overnight following Newmarket’s Friday night success but Ingram’s goal ensured the visitors ended the weekend in second place.
The success was marred by a bad injury to Felixstowe front man Miles Powell who fell awkwardly in the 36th minute and had to be carried off with a damaged ankle, later confirmed as torn ligaments and possible broken ankle, ending a season already interrupted by a long injury lay-off.
The game, advertised as a pay-what-you-want entry fee, was boosted by the growing army of Seasiders fans who made themselves heard throughout a pretty drab affair where neither ‘keeper was unduly troubled.
There was a lack of action until Ingram struck from the edge of the area, connecting with Jordan Matthews’ squared ball at the end of a surging run, firing low into the corner of Louis Bond’s net with the diving, debutant ‘keeper, beaten by the pace of the ball.
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The visitors, who had the better of the exchanges throughout, on a difficult surface after heavy overnight rain, never really threatened to break down a resolute home defence in the opening 45 minutes.
A second-half debut was given to midweek signing Matt Collins on the left side of midfield, and he linked well with both Chaplin and Matthews as the Seasiders grew stronger as the game progressed.
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Matthews volleyed over from a punched clearance and Chaplin drilled an effort just wide of Bond’s right hand post, while Crump remained untroubled at the other end.
Ingram’s late strike was the only bit of real quality in an otherwise low-key affair.
Gt. Yarmouth: Bond, Swatman, Savage, Applegate, Howell, Andersen, McAra (Holmes 75), Davis (Ager 87), Forbes, Perfect, Hunter (Catchpole 63). Felixstowe: Crump, Bennett, Clarke, Driver, Barber, Kerridge, Chaplin, Matthews, Winter (Ingram 68), Birchfield (Collins 45), Powell (Andrews 36).Referee: Abigail Marriott