Free-flowing Leiston are attracting the fans as the goals fly in!

High-flying Matt Blake scores again as Leiston beat Billericay 4:1

High-flying Matt Blake scores again as Leiston beat Billericay 4:1 - Credit: citizenside.com

Leiston boss Glen Driver admits the praise his side continues to get for their style of football is something to be proud of.

The Victory Road club picked up their fourth league win on the spin against Canvey Island on Tuesday night – 4-0 the final score.

It took the Blues total goals in league matches this season up to 72 – that’s 16 more than the next club in the top-scorers’ stakes – Staines Town.

The club are certainly the entertainers of the Ryman Premier with even some Ipswich Town fans taking time out when the Blues are away to go and watch Leiston.

“Yes, I’ve had a few Town fans come up to me and say they have seen us play this season for the first time and they’ve enjoyed it,” Driver said.


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“That’s good to hear. We are attracting bigger and bigger crowds and as a club we appreciate their support.

“But my job here is nothing compared to the pressures Mick McCarthy has. It’s two very different things.”

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Leiston’s free-flowing football has won them a host of new admirers and Tuesday night’s crowd against Canvey was more than 200 on a freezing cold evening.

“Me and Tony Kinsella (Head Coach), only know one way to play and that’s to attack,” he said.

“We have got 72 goals in 25 games – we still have 21 games to go!”

Certainly Leiston’s ability to score at will has been one of the highlights of their season so far.

They sit in fourth place in the division, with games in hand on the clubs above them. On Saturday they face a tricky trip to Worthing, a side who are one of the form teams in the division.

“Worthing play on a 3G pitch and it will be a tough test for us,” Driver said.

“But we will go there and attack. We cause problems when we play like that.

“There is still a long way to go and we have had a great first half of the season.”

Driver was also buoyed by Leiston’s second clean sheet in their last four games against Canvey – all wins – something he knows is important.

“With us playing attacking football, we did used to open ourselves up to the counter-attack and we shot ourselves in the foot earlier in the season,” he said.

“Now we are closing-up shop better. The boys have bought into our style of play and credit to them, it’s working for us.”

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