Blues of Leiston hoping for back-to-back home games after six-week absence from action at Victory Road

Leiston's Gareth Heath is struggling with a hamstring injury

Leiston's Gareth Heath is struggling with a hamstring injury - Credit: Andrew Partridge

Leiston host Metropolitan Police this afternoon in their first game at Victory Road for six weeks.

Blues fans have to go back as far as January 11 for their last home game but will hope to see back-to-back home games in four days with Leiston set to host Met Police today and Margate on Tuesday, weather permitting.

Leiston have had five straight fixtures on the road and Blues boss Steve Ball has been delighted with his side’s efforts on their travels.

“To collect 10 points from a possible 15 has been a tremendous return,” said Ball.

“This League is tough enough so to collect this amount of points from five difficult away games is a testament to the players.”

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Last Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to AFC Hornchurch was Leiston’s first of 2014 and the Suffolk side produced a thrilling comeback to claim a point at bottom club Cray Wanderers on Tuesday night.

Two-down at half-time, Leiston rallied in the second period and after Adam Tann had given them a lifeline, Stuart Boardley rescued a point with a sweet strike deep in injury-time after Craig Parker had missed a penalty just moments earlier.

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Although a draw against a team rooted to the bottom of the division wouldn’t have sounded inspiring before kick-off, Ball was delighted to see his side rescue a point.

“They have signed four or five experienced players in an attempt to stave off relegation so to come back like we did shows our togetherness,” said Ball.

Ball looks likely to be without Craig Parker, Rhys Henry and Patrick Brothers today through injury, with Gareth Heath likely to be on the bench after hamstring trouble.

This has opened up a gap for 19-year-old Barry Deacon, who is set to make his full Leiston debut in the centre of midfield today, something Ball has no qualms about.

He said: “Deacs is a player Tanny (Adam Tann) got in from his academy in Kettering and he’s a quality young player.”

“He came on at half-time against Hornchurch and was excellent.”

Sixteen-year-old Stefano Mallardo also made his debut for the club recently and will again be involved today.

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