Driver confident his squad will bounce back after FA Cup defeat

Leiston boss Glen Driver, left, and assistant Tony Kinsella, hoping to get their team back on track

Leiston boss Glen Driver, left, and assistant Tony Kinsella, hoping to get their team back on track after their shock FA Cup defeat Photo: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

Glen Driver takes charge of his 100th league match of Leiston tomorrow afternoon at Step 3 level as his side try to put the Hastings defeat in the FA Cup behind them, writes Craig Cooper.

This will be a first-ever meeting between the two sides.

The FA Cup loss was a big blow to the Victory Road club and a defeat Driver wouldn’t hide from pointing out.

“It goes without saying my disappointment regarding our defeat to Hastings,” he said.

“It still hurts now. We just never got going and the players must take some responsibility for our performance.

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“With a big reward for the winners it was a tough one to take.”

But it’s back to Southern Central Premier Division league action tomorrow afternoon and a home clash with Barwell.

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The Leicestershire side currently sit 14th in the league table, with eight points from their seven games to date, while Leiston sit third with 14 points.

“A week in football shows that anything can happen and our win against Kettering Town has been undone by the result to Hastings,” Driver added.

“As a group we have had a chat and have said performances like that are unacceptable.

“We had a good meeting at training on Wednesday night followed by a good training session and we must roll our sleeves up and go again. We have bounced back from disappointing results in the past and I trust this group to bounce back again.”

Driver has welcomed Sam Warde from Colchester United on loan at Victory Road.

After tomorrow afternoon’s match, Leiston host Needham Market in the Southern League Cup second round at Victory Road on Tuesday evening.

Next weekend’s trip to St Ives Town has been postponed as St Ives are in FA Cup action.

Leiston Reserves are away to Debenham LC tomorrow in Thurlow Nunn One.

They have won just one league game this season, but have lost most by the odd goal. A young squad, Driver has already taken many of them into the first-team set-up.

Meanwhile, Reserve team managers Paul Bugg and Stuart Reavell have left the club.

“I would very much like to thanks both Paul and Stuart for all their hard work,” Driver said.

“They both did a very good job for us.”

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