Felixstowe & Walton Utd Walthamstow Feb 2024 1

Seasiders can test Step 3 credentials

TUESDAY'S Suffolk Premier Cup Semi-Final will be a ‘good marker’ for Felixstowe & Walton.

FELIXSTOWE & Walton United manager Stuart Boardley views the Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup Semi-Final versus Leiston as a ‘good marker’ of his side’s Step 3 credentials.

The Seasiders, who play a level below their opponents, face Leiston in the last-four tie at Ipswich Wanderers’ Humber Doucy Lane ground on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.


Currently occupying second position in Isthmian North, Felixstowe are aiming to earn promotion to Step 3 come the end of this season.

Boardley, who had a distinguished career with Leiston and also managed the first team, said: “It’s been a long time coming as the draw was made a while ago, but I am looking forward to playing against Chris (Wigger) and Darren’s (Eadie) Leiston side.

“They are higher level opposition, so it is a good opportunity to test ourselves against a team higher in the pyramid.

“I wish it had come perhaps not in a run of games when we are playing against top opposition so we are able to give it a bit more of a go, but of course we will put out a good side against Leiston and give it our best shot.

“It will be a good marker about where we are at as a group because we will be playing against a well-established Leiston side at Step 3.”

Although they lost 1-0 at home to Stourbridge at the weekend, Leiston sit tenth in Pitching-In Southern League Premier Central.

Boardley, whose side were held to a goalless draw by Heybridge Swifts on Saturday, said: “Much like us they have got quite a small squad, so when you do get injuries it can hit you hard.

“They had a sticky start to the season, but have picked up of late, and although they lost on Saturday they have been doing quite well.”


The two sides met in the final of this competition at Portman Road in the 2018-19 season when Matt Blake scored a hat-trick as Leiston won 3-2.

Boardley said of the possibility of reaching the final: “It would be great. I remember playing against Felixstowe in the final for Leiston when I was manager there.

“The support that Felixstowe brought has always stood with me and I remember that, so hopefully, fingers crossed, we can get there and do the same again.”

Felixstowe will be without long-term injury victims Tom Bullard (minor operation), Charlie Warren (broken arm) and Joe Whight (ankle ligaments).

Felixstowe & Walton United (red shirts) defend a set piece in their 2-0 win at home to Walthamstow (patterned shirts) at The AGL Arena last month.

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