Seasiders’ boss O’Donnell admits... ‘This league is unforgiving’, as his side crash to defeat

16 September, 2018 - 12:11
GOAL! Lewis Manor’s towers over the Seasiders defence to make it 4-0 for  Bowers & Pitsea. Photo: STAN BASTON

GOAL! Lewis Manor’s towers over the Seasiders defence to make it 4-0 for Bowers & Pitsea. Photo: STAN BASTON

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Bowers & Pitsea 4 Felixstowe & Walton 0

Bowers & Pitsea’s Callum Leahy (red)  battles  with Seasiders Darcy D’eath (blue) Photo: STAN BASTONBowers & Pitsea’s Callum Leahy (red) battles with Seasiders Darcy D’eath (blue) Photo: STAN BASTON

Sometimes in football you just have to accept a simple truth.

Bowers & Pitsea came out on top in Saturday’s Bostik North encounter and fully deserved the three points.

This has still been a decent start to the season for Felixstowe & Walton, picking up nine points from five games, but as joint manager Kevin O’Donnell said after the game, “This league is unforgiving.”

And if the club is to have a successful campaign, he added; “We will need to be adaptable, sharper and quicker.”

Seasiders' Jordy Matthews (blue) in close tussle with Bowers & Pitsea’s Ben Sartain Photo: STAN BASTONSeasiders' Jordy Matthews (blue) in close tussle with Bowers & Pitsea’s Ben Sartain Photo: STAN BASTON

There was a healthy crowd of 452 at The Len Salmon Stadium with many coming along to witness the inaugural match on the Essex side’s new 3G pitch with ex-Hammer Julian Dicks helping Bowers & Pitsea celebrate a new chapter in the club’s history.

And it wasn’t long before the home side celebrated its first goal on the new pitch with David Knight netting after just six minutes. Knight added another two goals, with one coming from a penalty, and Lewis Manor contributed with a fourth late in the game.

A Joe Francis penalty in the second half hit two posts before being cleared by Bowers, allowing them to extend their no goals conceded record in the league.

Felixstowe did have chances but despite some decent passing moves... “We needed something in the final third,” according to O’Donnell, who added: “We didn’t match them. They were more physical and. We need to focus on the game in hand.”

It was good to see 16-year-old Evan Bolt make another appearance from the subs bench late in the game, his second outing this season.

But, at the end of the day, the honours go to Bowers whose manager Rob Small said; “We knew the threat from Felixstowe, didn’t allow them to get into any rhythm and scored at the right time.”

Small did go on to admit he expected Felixstowe to finish nearer the top than the bottom.

So this was a tough day out for Felixstowe, who will be looking to Tuesday’s Velocity Cup match at home to AFC Sudbury to get back into winning ways.

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