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Seasiders looking to make it ‘third time lucky’ against Grays this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:46 27 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:09 01 March 2019

Miles Powell (Number 11) on target for Felixstowe against Grays Athletic last November Photo: STAN BASTON

Miles Powell (Number 11) on target for Felixstowe against Grays Athletic last November Photo: STAN BASTON

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When Felixstowe & Walton met Grays Athletic in the league back in November, it was the Essex side who took all three points with Joao Carlos bagging two goals, writes Barry Grossmith.

This followed The FA Trophy encounter in September where that man Carlos was again on the scoresheet with The Blues coming out on top in that game too.

Time perhaps for The Seasiders to claim a “third time lucky” win.

Grays parted company with manager Jamie Stuart, three years at the helm, earlier this week, bringing in former Met Police boss, Jim Cooper as replacement.

Felixstowe will be fully aware that the Grays players be working hard to impress the new boss, so need to be on their mettle.

Seasiders assistant boss Danny Bloomfield is, however, confident with the progress his side are making.

“I felt we dropped two points on Saturday (against Barking) as we were by far the better side in the first half and should have gone in at the break 3-0,” he said.

“However, we allowed them to stay in the game and in the end they could have nicked all three points.

“What’s most pleasing is the togetherness and ‘team is everything’ mentality we are developing.

“We have a strong squad of players that are committed to each other, and who are now a match for anyone in this league.

“Saturday against Grays will provide us with yet another test against a fantastic football club so we need to continue the process of improvement.”

The two sides meet with Grays just one point ahead of Felixstowe in the Bostik North table.

Recent form, however, suggests it’s the Suffolk side who have the wind in their sails with just one defeat in their last six league matches while their opponents have just one win in their last nine.

Seasiders manager Ian Watson said: “We go to Grays with a score to settle really and we are a different side from last time we played them with a new belief in our changing room now.

“It’s there our good results are coming from and we go to Grays buoyed by the return of Kye Ruel to the squad.”