Romford - Bostik North (Home)

Result: Felixstowe & Walton Utd 2 - 1 Romford
Date: 22th September 2018
Time: 15:00
Match Type: Bostik North
Venue: Goldstar Ground, Felixstowe
Attendance: 261

This was an all round solid team performance at the weekend in the 2-1 win over Romford which puts us in a comfortable 4thplace in the Bostik North. I emphasise the fact that this was a team effort because it would be all too easy to gloss over the hard work put in by the defence and midfield and look only at the two men up front.

Having said all that, it’s hard not to be impressed with Jack Ainsley and Miles Powell’s effort on Saturday. Time and again Jack managed to hold the ball, hold up play and allow others around him to get in the right shape. Milo himself said that he was very happy with the three in midfield (Rhys Henry, Jordy and Joe Bloomfield) and the balls and support they delivered.

Josh Kerridge gave another impressive display just in front of the back four and although our defence wasn’t tested ongoing, it did what was needed of it when Romford did push forward.

Powell’s effort, which sailed over Romford keeper Rhys Hughes on 13 minutes, settled any early nerves although the ball’s entry into the goal itself did seem to flow in slow motion somewhat. Milo was clearly happy to find the net, and so early on, and he told Seasiders TV after the game, “I’ve been lacking a bit of confidence recently and it’s been a bit of a drought so it was nice to put this one away.” As well as scoring, Milo also provided the assist for Jack Ainsley, who netted from close range on the half hour. Again, speaking to Seasiders TV after the game, Jack said, “I’m happy to get off the mark and I enjoyed playing up front with Milo.” One comment some fans might have is, “Jack, can you play up front, in midfield and in defence all at the same time please?”

Romford did pull one back following something of a scramble 5 minutes before the break with former West Ham man Taylor Tombides ensuring the second half would be a close encounter.

Nobody is ever really happy with just a one-goal lead and hopes were raised shortly after the break when Jack aimed a speculative lob over the Boro keeper, only to see his effort bounce off the post, off the keeper and out of play.

And so it’s four wins from six games, which has to be seen as a satisfactory start to the season although it goes without saying really that nobody is being complacent down at The Goldstar Ground. As Milo told us himself, “ We’ve got to realise we are not going to win every game.” Nevertheless, maybe we will win more than we lose.

Next up for Felixstowe on Tuesday is the visit of Soham Town Rangers in the third of five home games on the bounce and, despite the Cambridgeshire side sitting bottom of the table at the moment, nobody expects anything other than another tough game. Having said that, confidence is up at present and five wins out of seven would begin to look quite impressive.

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