FELIXSTOWE & Walton United joint manager Ian Watson joked that the club should fly Sam Ford back from Australia to play again in this season’s Suffolk Premier Cup.
Ford, who scored a hat-trick in the Seasiders’ 8-1 win at Long Melford in the first round, netted another treble as they won 5-1 against Woodbridge Town in Tuesday’s second-round tie.
Miles Powell and Jack Ainsley were also on target for Felixstowe, with former Ipswich Town captain Carlos Edwards netting a rebound after goalkeeper Jack Spurling tipped his penalty on to the crossbar. Powell (red & white striped shirt) is pictured scoring Felixstowe’s third goal. Photograph courtesy of Stan Baston.
Former Ipswich Town youngster Ford will be leaving Felixstowe and flying out to Australia on December 28th to join Port Melbourne Sharks.
Watson, whose side will now face a quarter-final tie in March, said tongue-in-cheek: “We will have a chat with him and see if we can fly him back for the next round!
“If we get Ipswich Town (in the quarter-final draw) he may want to because it is his old club.”
Felixstowe were clinical in front of goal and Watson said: “We put the ball away well. Sam Ford got a fantastic hat-trick in the last round and he got another brilliant hat-trick tonight.
“We have not been as clinical in the Bostik League as we need to be. We have not taken chances when we should have done which is what we need to be doing.
“I don’t think 3-0 was a fair reflection of the game at half time. Woodbridge had a few players out, but they came into it after we scored an early goal as we stepped off it a bit.
“We knew they would come out and give it a go in the second half, although we were disappointed with the penalty we conceded, but we kept at it and played some good football and added two more goals.”
Looking ahead to the quarter-finals Watson said: “There are some good sides still left in the competition, so you need some luck with the draw.”
The quarter-final draw will take place next week following the second-round ties in the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup this weekend.
Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Felixstowe & Walton Utd 5 Woodbridge Town 1, Framlingham Town 0 Brantham Athletic 1, Hadleigh Utd 3 Bury Town 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 1 Whitton Utd 0, Leiston 6 Haverhill Rovers 1, Lowestoft Town 1 Needham Market 1 – Lowestoft Town won 4-3 on pens, Stowmarket Town 3 AFC Sudbury 1, Walsham-le-Willow 2 Ipswich Town XI 2 – Ipswich Town XI won 5-4 on pens.