Thurlow Nunn: Felixstowe host improving Haverhill

Michael Shinn leads his Haverhill side against Felixstowe this weekend

Michael Shinn leads his Haverhill side against Felixstowe this weekend - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe & Walton United host an improving Haverhill Rovers on Saturday, a side who lost their opening five Thurlow Nunn Premier Division fixtures but have remained unbeaten since, writes Phil Griffiths.

Those early defeats included a home loss to free-scoring Godmanchester Rovers (3-0), and a 4-1 deficit away at champions Norwich United.

Since then, Rovers have put together a run that includes two wins and two draws, therefore entering this game with confidence as they look to make September an unbeaten month.

Felixstowe and Haverhill shared the points at both the New Hamlet Croft and the Goldstar Ground last season, but Rovers player-manager Michael Shinn will be hoping for better personal luck at the seaside having been sent off in the corresponding fixture last campaign, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Seasiders manager Kevin O’Donnell will be looking to get back on track following last week’s defeat at Walsham, but will be without Jordan Matthews and Duane Wright, although Sheridan Driver should be available after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.

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Matthews could be out for up to 10 weeks with a damaged shoulder, picked up in the home win against Ipswich Wanderers, while Wright could be out for an indefinite period with a strained hernia.

On the plus side, leading scorer Miles Powell is back in contention, as is Danny Smy, both having missed the Walsham loss.

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n Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Brantham Athletic host leaders Norwich United while Whitton travel to Fakenham.

Hadleigh will hope to pick up three points at home to Saffron Walden, while Long Melford travel to Swaffham and Walsham welcome Godmanchester.

In the First Division, Woodbridge visit Halstead, while Debenham go to Dereham Reserves and Stowmarket host King’s Lynn Town Reserves.

All games kick off at 3pm.

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