Promotion-chasing Seasiders can’t be complacent at Ely City
- Credit: Photo:Stan Baston
It was status quo on Tuesday evening as the Thurlow Premier top two both won while fourth-placed Stowmarket climbed above Godmanchester, finishing the game with nine men, while Godmanchester had their match abandoned through fog, writes Phil Griffiths.
It leaves Felixstowe & Walton still a point adrift of the leaders, but with a 14-point cushion over Stowmarket, who have played two games less.
A promotion spot is firmly in the Seasiders’ hands, needing 10 points from a possible 18 to take any speculation out of the calculations, but they can’t rest on their laurels with the Old Gold & Blacks picking up big wins each week.
Kevin O’Donnell’s side travel to the Ellgia stadium to take on an Ely City side who are having a season of mixed fortunes - they have picked up just one point from their last six games, that being a home draw against Long Melford, while all five defeats have been on foreign soil.
The Robins start the day in 12th place and will be looking to improve on their 13th place finish of last season.
Their home form stands up against most sides, showing just three defeats from their 20 games played to date. With just two home games, against Ipswich Wanderers and Hadleigh United to play after this fixture, they will see this game as an important marker if they can take maximum points.
The reverse fixture at the Goldstar Ground back in October finished 5-1 to the Seasiders, but they would be just as happy to return home with a single goal win and three more points in the bag.
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Boosted by the return of Josh Kerridge for Tuesday night’s home win, the Seasiders will travel in confident mood with both Miles Powell (30) and Joe Francis (28) in good goal-scoring form, plus Kerridge adding further attacking options, together with youngster Sam Ford, who has scored twice in the last three games.
The big bonus this season has been the travelling fans – last week outnumbering the home support at Wroxham – and they will be hoping for another large following into the Fens for this game.