Can Felixstowe survive?
SOCCER: Can Felixstowe and Walton United make it three wins on the trot and continue their fight for Jewson League, Premier Division survival? The Seasiders have won just two home league matches all season, but if they were to beat Dereham at Dellwood Avenue tomorrow – and also Mildenhall at home on April 20 – they will go into their final match at Wroxham on April 27 still with a chance of avoiding relegation.
By Elvin King
CAN Felixstowe and Walton United make it three wins on the trot and continue their fight for Jewson League, Premier Division survival?
The Seasiders have won just two home league matches all season, but if they were to beat Dereham at Dellwood Avenue tomorrow – and also Mildenhall at home on April 20 – they will go into their final match at Wroxham on April 27 still with a chance of avoiding relegation.
Paul Adams' Suffolk Premier Cup finalists looked dead and buried before they went to Lowestoft and won 3-2 last Saturday. A 2-1 success at Soham has kept the momentum going and spirits in the Felixstowe camp will be high when they take on Dereham.
But they have left their revival late and much depends on other teams slipping up.
Ipswich Wanderers are the one side Felixstowe have a realistic chance of overtaking, and they have just one home game left. A win at FA Carlsberg Vase finalists Tiptree tomorrow would go a long way to confirming their Premier status.
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Following their draw at Wroxham and victory at Clacton in the last week, AFC Sudbury are now in the driving seat to win the title and they will be looking for a home win over Gorleston.
Norwich United look as though they have booked one of the two promotion places from the First Division – with four clubs in main contention for the other spot.
Histon Reserves look favourites, as all their four remaining games are at home. But Needham Market, Leiston and Haverhill cannot be discounted with the run-in beginning in earnest tomorrow.
In the Metaltec SIL Senior Division, three clubs are battling for the title. Haughley have no match and will now play at Leiston St Margaret's in midweek, while Walsham-le-Willows have a home game with Stonham Aspal that they should win.
Grundisburgh face a Melton St Audry's side they have lost to on two previous occasions this season. Wednesday night's victory over Walsham will have boosted their appetite to follow last season's example when they came through like an express train to pip East Bergholt for the title.
Haughley are dark horses with their manager Gary Nunn insisting: "Walsham will have to throw the title away, but after their defeat at Grundisburgh it would make things interesting if we beat them next Tuesday."
Old Newton visit Achilles with manager Trevor Wardlaw having had his position confirmed for next season. Still smarting at losing a four-month unbeaten league run with a 4-2 defeat at home to Haughley on Tuesday he said: "The big crowd will have something to tell their grandchildren.
"They were there to see one of the most bizarre goals ever conceded. With luck like that anything is possible for Haughley this season."
Newton keeper Steven Lambert misjudged a 40-yard shot that was going wide and only helped it into his own net – the ball hardly having the power to cross the line.
Ransomes Sports are relegated with two games left, while Brantham Athletic need to win their final two matches to have a chance of staying up.