Felixstowe & Walton’s perfect record on the line as they visit improved Thetford Town side
Boasting a 100 per cent record, Felixstowe & Walton travel to Thetford Town on Saturday to face potentially their toughest test yet.
Eight victories from their opening eight games sees the Seasiders sit top of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division with a five-point cushion over their nearest rivals Histon, who have also played two extra games.
However, Thetford are third in the league table, have visibly strengthened over the last 12 months, and are no longer the whipping boys of this particular division.
The Brecklanders now present a challenge for any side, even more so on home soil.
Two years ago they finished 19th, escaping relegation by default, losing on 10 occasions on home soil and 23 times overall in 38 games.
However, under manager Danny White the Mundford Road-based outfit have become a far more resilient outfit.
They finished seventh last time out, losing just five home games and this season they have yet to lose any on home turf.
Thetford were one of only two sides to score three goals against the Seasiders last season, when they won at Mundford Road in February, and the Felixstowe management will be keen to make sure there is no repeat this time round.
The Seasiders are there to be shot at and the more they extend their unbeaten start to the campaign, the bigger the target they become.
Tuesday’s 5-1 success at Hadleigh United helped boost their goal difference and with nine different scorers in their eight games played to date, they carry a goal threat from all over the park.
But it is defensively where the Seasiders, jointly managed by Kev O’Donnell and Ian Watson, will need to be at their best.
The home side are not goal-shy themselves and indeed scored three times against the then-league leaders Coggeshall last time out, relegating the Seedgrowers to fourth place while climbing above them into third place themselves.
It promises to be a thrilling encounter, and with the Seasiders’ increasing band of travelling fans, the home side could be in for a boost in gate receipts this weekend.