Felixstowe & Walton host Stowmarket in Suffolk Premier Cup with Seasiders’ joint manager Kevin O’Donnell looking for a cup run

Felixstowe & Walton joint bosses Kevin O'Donnell, left, and Ian Watson. Picture: STAN BASTON

Felixstowe & Walton joint bosses Kevin O'Donnell, left, and Ian Watson. Picture: STAN BASTON - Credit: Photo:Stan Baston

Felixstowe & Walton joint manager Kevin O’Donnell is keen for his side to put together a decent run in the Suffolk Premier Cup.

The high-flying Seasiders have exited both the FA Cup and FA Vase at the first hurdle this campaign.

While they are still in the League Cup, and flying high in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, the Suffolk Premier Cup offers them the chance of potentially exciting ties ahead.

However, tonight (7.45pm kick-off) Felixstowe face a big test against Stowmarket Town, the form team of the Premier Division, with nine straight wins – and the team sitting just behind them in the table.

“I’m all for cup runs,” O’Donnell, who is joint boss with Ian Watson, said.

“I think they are good for a club and we have been knocked out early in two cup competitions so far this season. I would like a good Suffolk Premier Cup run. It’s first versus second too of course and psychologically, both teams will want to put one over the other, even though there are no league points up for grabs.”

Felixstowe are streaking away at the top of the table, 15 points clear. But there is little doubt Rick Andrews’ Stowmarket will offer a big threat to the home side tonight.

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“We played them in the first game of the season and were 1-3 down, before winning 4-3,” O’Donnell said.

“They are a good side and we will be taking the game seriously.

“Of course promotion is our first priority but, as I have said, for me, cup runs are no bad thing.”

Stowmarket have moved steadily up the Premier Division table after winning just one of their first six league games following their promotion into Step 5 football this season.

“Hopefully it will be a decent game on Tuesday – the players will be up for it, although I was hoping to draw Leiston, Needham Market or Bury Town, so we could see where we are at as a team,” Andrews said.

“We will go out to enjoy it – it is a break from the league and will be our last Tuesday night game for a while as we will be just playing every Saturday.”

While neither side will see this as a priority game with promotion at the forefront of their plans, neither will want to lose it against their nearest rivals.

Also in Premier Cup action tonight, Hadleigh entertain Ipswich Town and AFC Sudbury entertain Needham Market.