Seasiders host Sudbury in cracking Suffolk derby

Felixstowe & Walton, right, line-up against AFC Sudbury in their Velocity Cup meeting earlier this s

Felixstowe & Walton, right, line-up against AFC Sudbury in their Velocity Cup meeting earlier this season. The two sides square off in the Bostik North this weekend. Picture: STAN BASTON - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe & Walton host Suffolk rivals AFC Sudbury this weekend for the second time this season, with the Seasiders hoping to secure all three points in their Bostik North encounter.

Felixstowe's Sam Ford scored a first half hat-trick against Long Melford in their 8-1 win in the Suf

Felixstowe's Sam Ford scored a first half hat-trick against Long Melford in their 8-1 win in the Suffolk Premier Cup on Wednesday. Picture: STAN BASTON - Credit: Archant

The last meeting, back in September, was in The Velocity Trophy where Felixstowe came away victorious 4-3 on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes.

But the home side, who crushed Long Melford 8-1 in the Suffolk Premier Cup on Wednesday night, are expecting a different game and a sterner test this time around.

Seasiders’ joint coach Ian Watson said: “We didn’t see the real Sudbury in the league cup. We could easily have lost to a very young Sudbury side, and Saturday will see a stronger side from our local rivals.”

He added: ”We have a full squad to pick, from which is good for us.”

Jack Ainsley nets for Felixstowe against Long Melford in the Suffolk Premier Cup. Picture: STAN BAST

Jack Ainsley nets for Felixstowe against Long Melford in the Suffolk Premier Cup. Picture: STAN BASTON - Credit: Archant

Sudbury currently find themselves in 18th place in the league but this lowly position is almost certainly not an indication of where they will finish this season.

Their presence near the bottom is partly due to the excellent Emirates FA Cup run the club has had, going out in the Third Qualifying Round 2-1 away at Haringey Borough last weekend.

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Joint coach Kevin O’Donnell told Seasiders TV: “This will be a good test for us to determine where our squad is in regards Step 4 football.

“Previous games against Sudbury in recent years have all been cup games where squad changes have played a big part, as shown in our league cup match earlier in the season.

Jack Ainsley bagged a hat-trick against Long Melford in midweek. Picture: STAN BASTON

Jack Ainsley bagged a hat-trick against Long Melford in midweek. Picture: STAN BASTON - Credit: Archant

“I expect to see two strong squads pushing for three points, so this should be an entertaining game for fans.”

This local derby, due to be played one week ago, was postponed due to Sudbury’s run in the FA Cup.

The delay, however, means this fixture now takes place on National Non-League Day with a “Pay what you want” policy at the turnstile, and a 50/50 draw with proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK.

The club will also unveil the new Colneis Road Stand – sponsored by Absolute Refrigeration – which adds another 100 seats to the ground, bringing covered capacity up to 325, and providing another example of the ambition at Felixstowe & Walton.

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