A win at Bognor Regis could take Leiston up to fourth tonight

Joe Francis, right, has moved on loan to Maldon & Tiptree

Joe Francis, right, has moved on loan to Maldon & Tiptree - Credit: James Ager

Leiston are on the road at Bognor Regis tonight, aiming to overtake one of their Ryman Premier play-off rivals.

Richard Wilkins’ side have picked up maximum points from their last two home games, against Staines and VCD Athletic, but face a stern test against a side one place above them, in fourth.

The Rocks have won their last five league games and have a very similar record to the Blues this season, having scored just one more goal and conceded just one less.

Leiston will still fancy their chances of finishing top of the pile, the Suffolk side being just five points adrift of joint-leaders Dulwich Hamlet and boasting a game in hand on them.

However, the Blues may have to do without Leon Ottley-Gooch (hamstring) and Tom Bullard (illness).

Meanwhile, Wilkins has backed winger Joe Francis’ move to Maldon & Tiptree on a month’s loan.

Francis has been reunited with former Leiston boss Steve Ball and Wilkins said: “He has been a bit out of sorts for a while and I think he requires a fresh challenge.

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“Going out on loan for a month will hopefully get his confidence back and he can return to the levels we know he is capable of.”

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