In-form Felixstowe & Walton host buoyant Bury Town in Suffolk Premier Cup
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Felixstowe & Walton and Bury Town could take some separating when the in-form duo go head-to-head in the Suffolk Premier Cup, at the Goldstar Ground, tonight (7.45pm KO).
Hosts Felixstowe have lost just once in their last 10 league and cup games, while Ben Chenery’s Blues have suffered defeat just once in their last dozen games in all competitions.
Both teams secured crucial victories at the weekend – young Ipswich Town loanee Cemal Ramadan handing fifth-placed Town all three points at Waltham Abbey in the Ryman North.
Meanwhile, new signing from Whitton United, Chris Williams, scored the only goal of the game as the Seasiders saw off Hadleigh United to maintain a modicum of pressure on runaway Thurlow Nunn Premier Division leaders Norwich United.
Felixstowe & Walton boss Kev O’Donnell, whose side lost 4-1 against Bury in the final of this competition in April 2014, certainly thinks the game has all the ingredients to be a tight affair.
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“There will be two in-form teams and it’s a difficult game to predict, but if we go with the right mindset then we can cause them problems,” he said.
“It’s one of those games where we don’t have to worry about the three points and in another way we are massive underdogs, given the squad Bury Town have and the performances and results they have been achieving.”
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Talks are ongoing over where the 2016 final will be held, with Portman Road the favoured venue, but that will all depend on any play-off involvement Ipswich Town may find themselves in.
“O’Donnell added: “The Suffolk Premier Cup is an important competition for us and the pinnacle is playing at Portman Road.
“I know the last couple of finals have not been played there but the competition gives local players the opportunity to play at good stadiums and facilities.”
The Seasiders go into tonight’s game against higher-ranked opposition, having conceded just 11 goals in the league this season, second only to leaders Norwich United.
That will give them hope against a free-scoring Bury Town, who have already hit the net on 41 occasions in the league this season.
It’s at the other end, however, where Felixstowe haven’t been as clinical, scoring 15 goals less than the leaders and 23 fewer than third-placed Godmanchester.
“Our squad has very good game management and so much experience when it comes to winning tight games,” explained O’Donnell, who has added the aforementioned Williams and prolific goal-getter Ben Cranfield, returning to the club after an eight-month absence, alongside 11-goal marksman Miles Powell, recently.
“Over the last month our goalscoring is something we have been working at as there is a big difference between ourselves and the likes of Norwich United and Godmanchester Rovers,” said O’Donnell.
“We have the second-best defensive record in the league and our centre-backs, goalkeeper and full-backs are as good as any in the division, while Miles Powell is a good goalscorer.”