Felixstowe & Walton 4 - Saffron Walden Town FC 0
Thurlow Nunn Premier League
The first half was, nevertheless, evenly matched with Saffron Walden working very hard and almost stealing a lead on just 3 minutes but for some tidying up in defence by Ethan Clarke. The home side saw an effort from Dan Davis go wide following a free kick from Stuart Boardley early on and a fine save by Neil O’Sullivan prevented The Seasiders from themselves gaining the early advantage.
It was beginning to become clear that against any team of 11 committed players you will have to put in a decent shift if you are going to get anything from a game. After some pressure mid-way through the first half from the visitors, with James Crane on the right and Ollie Emsden on the left causing problems for The Seasiders, the breakthrough came on 27 minutes when Scott Chaplin netted for the home side after Sheriden Driver’s effort had rebounded off the post.
In a frantic 5-minute period prior to the half-time whistle, Ben Trendell and James Crane caused problems at one end while Driver forced a good save from O’Sullivan at the other.
The second period saw Saffron Walden mount more pressure early on before the home side gradually began to impose itself on the game. Chaplin hit the post after 15 minutes shortly before Francis headed Felixstowe into a 2-0 lead following a corner from the left.
These efforts followed the introduction of Kye Ruel for Callum Bennett and Henri Okosi replacing Dylan Bradford for the away side.
With Chaplin busy in midfield, a tiring Saffron Walden made their second and final change introducing Billy Bradley in place of Mason Naylor with 15 minutes left to play, but it was becoming more and more evident that Felixstowe were beginning to boss things. A third from Kye Ruel from inside the box after a free kick from 25 yards was followed by Francis and Driver being replaced by Regan Pelling and Jamal Wiggins.
Word had spread around the ground that Coggeshall and Stowmarket were both winning their games. Not to be outdone, Felixstowe extended their lead when Sam Ford converted from the penalty spot in the dying seconds following a handball and perhaps a harsh red card for the offending Joe Murphy.
The Bloods are back at Caton’s Lane on Saturday 28th April and play FC Clacton. The match is being dedicated to Alec ‘Alf’ Ramsey, who sadly passed away last year.
On Sunday 29th April and as part of the Ethan Linwood Fun Day, SWTFC will be hosting a European qualifying match between England Deaf football team and Czech Republic Deaf Football team. That match kicks off at 1pm, but there will be many stall and attractions for all the family. Doors open at 12pm and its ‘Pay what you want’ and all gate donations go towards the Ethan Linwood REAL fund and to help pay for the England teams travel expenses.