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Leiston boss Glenn Driver has bodies back as the Blues look for FA Trophy glory at Dorking

Kelsey Trotter, has returned to Leiston after a spell at Woodbridge.

Kelsey Trotter, has returned to Leiston after a spell at Woodbridge.

Leiston head to Dorking tomorrow looking for more FA Trophy glory.

The Victory Road Blues had one of their most impressive results of the season so far in the last round when they beat Folkestone on penalties, with a thread-bare squad.

At the time, manager Glenn Driver called it his ‘best result as a manager, ever’ as the Suffolk side booked their place in tomorrow’s Second Qualifying Round.

Having already doubled Dorking in the Bostik Premier this season, the Blues travel to Surrey in confident mood, with a few fresh bodies on board to help proceedings.

“Our result in that last round was awesome,” Driver said.

“To get what we did with such a young team at Folkestone was unbelievable. But now we have another tough test.

“The fact we have doubled Dorking means they will be very much up for it to turn us over.

“But we have a few bodies back, Christy Finch, Robert Eagle and Jack Ainsley.

“It helps with the self-belief when you have players back in your squad. Our younger guys have done superb for us though and showed they are up for the challenge of this league.”

Leiston’s current league form is not the best right now.

Just one win in seven has seen Driver’s team drop from top to seventh place in a fiercely competitive Bostik Premier.

“We have been a bit light with so many injuries and it’s an unforgiving league, as anyone who watches it will tell you,” Driver said.

“But we go to Dorking confident and we have a week off next week which is just what we need to get a few niggles sorted and a couple more players back to full fitness.”

Meanwhile, Kelsey Trotter has returned to Leiston.

The former Blues man, who has been playing for Woodbridge in the Thurlow Nunn First Division, turned out for Leiston at Harlow on a dual registration this week.

Now he has left Woodbridge and signed permanently for Leiston.

“I want to thank Jamie Scales and everyone at Woodbridge for allowing Kelsey to move to us,” Driver said.

“Bearing in mind they are going for the title in Thurlow One, their professionalism in allowing an important player for them to move back up the pyramid was a credit to everyone at that club.”

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3

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Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

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Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Saturday was a much-needed day for Town fans, writes Karl Fuller.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and former Blues boss Roy Keane could be in direct competition for the Republic of Ireland job if Martin O’Neill is lured to Stoke City, according to the Irish Sun.

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