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First Team - Match centre

Norwich United
Felixstowe & Walton United
B Thompson (77')
Full time
Sat 18 Apr 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division Attendance 77

Planters dominant!

Felixstowe arrived at Plantation Park looking to get a bit of pride back.

The boys went into the 50th game of the season on quite a roll in April. Securing the league title has obviously taken the pressure off, the boys are far more relaxed with nothing apart from the 100 points in a season target on their mind. With the Planters having not conceded a goal this month the Seasiders were going to be up against it.

The United eleven have made 473 appearances in league games this season, averaging 43 per man. The bench was extremely strong all of whom would walk into any other side in the league, particularly Paul Cook who with 46 appearances and 15 goals, would be a top scorer for many sides. Whilst Felixstowe were suffering from a few key injuries.

The first game of the season was a four, one victory at the Goldstar getting United off to a flying start from which they've never looked back, then a victory in the League cup semi final, meant the Planters were becoming Felixstowes nemesis .

The game itself kicked off on a sunny but breezy day, the Planters were in full control pressing the Seasiders back, creating some good openings but not breaking the deadlock. Duncan McAnally between the Planters sticks had probably his most comfortable game of the season and to be honest he's had quite a few games leaning on a post watching his defence snuff out oppositions threats.

Felixstowe were a young side and were working really hard to keep the boys out. It was well into the second half when Ben Thompson picked up a ball from a throw in, drove into the Felixstowe box and smashed the ball goal wards across the keeper off the underside of the bar and in 1 - 0 Planters, well deserved. Although the rest of the players insisted it was a miss hit cross Ben would dispute that.

The game finished with the Planters comfortable another clean sheet and three points. The Planters are right at the top of the step 5 fewest goals conceded list, Glossop North End with 18, Phoenix Sports 19 and ourselves with 21, all three sides winning their respective leagues showing the importance of solid defences. both have dropped more points than us though.

Onwards and upwards boys, three away games before the we return to Plantation Park for the final game of the season on the second of May against Brantham Athletic when the League winners trophy will be presented.

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

77:00
Goal Ben Thompson scores for Norwich United
Replay game

As it happened

  • Norwich United
  • Felixstowe & Walton United
  • 0
  • Paul Cook Sub On 59:00'
  • Adam Bennett Sub Off 59:00'
  • Gavin Lemmon Sub On 75:00'
  • Mathew Blake Sub Off 75:00'
  • Ben Thompson Goal 77:00'
  • Josh Carus Sub On 81:00'
  • Andrew Eastaugh Sub Off 81:00'

Team selection

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Whitton United
6
4
1
2
Stanway Rovers
1
1
FC Clacton
Hadleigh United
0
2
3
0
Brantham Athletic
Mildenhall Town
1
1
Walsham le Willows
1
2
Newmarket Town
Fakenham Town
0
0

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Norwich United 38 101
2. Godmanchester Rovers 38 75
3. Stanway Rovers 38 74
4. Kirkley & Pakefield 38 70
5. Felixstowe & Walton United 38 67
6. Newmarket Town 38 62
7. Hadleigh United 38 60

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