The Seasiders of Felixstowe & Walton look to bounce back with a win against Ely this weekend, while record-breaking Hadleigh travel to Gorleston in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
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Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Felixstowe & Walton United are in League action against Ely City tomorrow afternoon at the Goldstar Ground.
The Seasiders’ game is just one of three Thurlow Nunn Premier Division fixtures this weekend with the FA Vase Preliminary Round taking precedence.
Felixstowe’s visitors Ely made their exit from the competition in the previous round, while The Seasiders have yet to join the competition, having been exempt from the Preliminary rounds based on the their third-placed league finish last season.
The Robins have made a dreadful start to the season having yet to gain a single point from any of their 10 league games played to date and they present the proverbial banana skin to manager Kevin O’Donnell’s side who slipped up in the week at Brantham Athletic, ending their four-match winning run in 2-1 defeat.
With five games scheduled for October and two tough trips to Kirkley & Pakefield next Saturday followed by the long haul to Fakenham in a fortnight, O’Donnell will be looking for his side to get back on track at The Goldstar Ground before those away days.
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Central defender Dan Davis is a non starter having picked up a knee injury in the 1-0 win at Godmanchester last week that saw him limp out of the game after just 15 minutes while Assistant Manager Danny Bloomfield is still a doubt having missed the last two games after picking up an injury in the FA Cup game at Enfield Town.
Ely who finished just above the relegation zone last season have always presented a challenge to The Seasiders and the 1-1 draw in April at The Goldstar Ground ended a five match winning run for the home side with the two points dropped ultimately the difference between their third-placed finish and a possible league title. The close season saw a mass exodus of players from The Unwin Ground and Robins manager Brady Stone is still recovering from the enforced changes it has brought with the players on a steep learning curve about Premier Division football.
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Meanwhile, Hadleigh’s fantastic 8-0 win against Diss at the Millfield on Saturday was a record-breaking one as they achieved their biggest-ever Eastern Counties League win.
The Brettsiders currently sit unbeaten in the league and four points clear at the top as they continue their winning formula from last season.
They travel to Gorleston tomorrow, like Felixstowe, in a league encounter.