Basement clash is not a six-pointer, says Leiston boss Mark Morsley
LEISTON manager Mark Morsley is confident his side can overcome Carshalton tomorrow – provided they focus on themselves.
Leiston, who are third from bottom and have only won once in the Ryman Leaqgue Premier Division this season, entertain rock bottom Carshalton Athletic.
The Suffolk side enter the match on the back of collecting their first away points of the season following two 2-2 draws in the past week.
Morsley said: “I have a good feeling about my team at the moment and I am confident we will win on Saturday.”
But while many may consider tomorrow’s match a six-pointer, Morsley is having none of it.
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He said: “It is not a six-pointer when you are playing on December 1, but if we were playing them in the same positions in March it would be.
“I will desperately want to win on Saturday, but I believe if I can get the players to focus on the good things we have done so far and they work hard we will do well.
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“We need to show the same attitude as we did when we won 3-0 in the League Cup at AFC Sudbury, when we didn’t get embroiled in what was a local derby, and not think about it being a six-pointer.
“If we get dragged into a confrontational game it will suit Carshalton.”
Morsley has been buoyed by his side’s back-to-back away draws at East Thurrock United and Wingate & Finchley.
He said: “We have had one-and-a-half very good performances and one very poor, which was in the first half at East Thurrock.
“We were really off the pace, but the upshot of that was the harsh words that were spoken at half time – which is something I rarely do - and the changes we made in the second half.
“It was a watershed because we came out in the second half and produced an excellent performance and we could, and maybe should, have won it, although 2-2 was a fair result.
“At Wingate & Finchley on a wet Tuesday night in North London we were excellent. We missed a penalty in the first half – the first one Gareth Heath has missed since we were together at Sudbury – but it was a very good save by their keeper, who was lucky to be on the pitch, after he took Nathan Stone down as went round him.
“New signing George Wilson looked very bright until he got a nasty injury, but we were 1-0 up until Joe Jefford cleared the ball and it ricocheted off their striker and into the goal.
“Then they had a shot which was going wide and hit Patrick Brothers on the leg and went into the other corner.
“But after conceding two bizarre goals Manny Osei, who has done ever so well since signing for us, equalised and we could have won it.”
Leiston continue to be without long-term injury victims Leon Ottley-Gooch and Ollie Mann, but Morsley is hopeful that goalkeeper Danny Potter will be fit to return after missing Tuesday’s match and that Wilson will also have recovered in time to play.
David Head, who came on as a substitute on Tuesday, could start at right-back, where striker Danny Smy has deputised, while Stuart Boardley is set to continue at centre half.
Morsley said: “He has been outstanding. My decision to play Stuart there didn’t go down too well with him at the time, but he has played the best football I have seen him play since I have been at the club.”