Role reversal as father watches son at Felixstowe
RHYS Henry recalls travelling to Dellwood Avenue to watch his father Michael play against the Seasiders – now he is hoping to score the goals to preserve Felixstowe & Walton United’s Ridgeons League Premier Division status.
The 20-year-old striker has signed for the club on a dual registration with parent club Needham Market for the rest of the season, and made his debut in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Wisbech Town.
Henry, who joined Ryman League Division One North side Needham Market at the start of this season, said: “I spoke to Danny Laws (the Needham Market manager) and he said I needed games, so we agreed on a dual registration so I can play for both clubs for the rest of the season.”
Needham will have first call on the fleet-footed striker, whose father Michael, who was watching on Saturday, played for Felixstowe before joining Sudbury Town, where he was a member of the side that reached the FA Vase final at Wembley in 1989.
Henry, who caused plenty of problems for the visitors’ defence without getting on the scoresheet, observed: “I could tell by the atmosphere in the changing room that the team is lacking in confidence, and my main objective for the rest of the season is to try to score some goals and help restore the confidence.
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“Chances were few and far between, although I hit the bar and should have had a penalty – apparently the linesman flagged for a penalty – when I was through on goal and about to shoot.
“It was an eventful game; they had more possession but we created some good chances and always looked like we were going to score. If Felixstowe continue to play with purpose and the right attitude we will be fine.
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“I was made to feel welcome by everyone. There is a good team spirit and I am sure the results will come.”