Leiston boss: ‘We can give Town a good game’
IPSWICH TOWN: Leiston manager Mark Morsley is looking for his Ridgeons League side to light the blue touch paper when they entertain the Blues tonight at Victory Road tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).
The ambitious former Needham Market and AFC Sudbury boss has set his sights on taking Leiston up the football ladder having taken over from Carl Chenery during the summer.
And he sees a good display against what is expected to be a strong Town side as an ideal time to ignite the flame to rocket them forward.
Morsley said: “I have made no secret of the fact that my job at Leiston is to take them forward and up the football pyramid.
“But there is also the important job of getting us right off the pitch as well.
“That would make the club right for professional teams to ‘pit their wits’ against.
“I am able to oversee all football matters and have an outstanding coaching team to back me up.
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“This frees up chairman Andy Crisp and vice chairman Peter Mayhew to develop the Leiston ‘brand’ and get our business model right too.
“It may take more than one season but we are committed to moving the club forward together.”
And refereeing to tonight’s game, Morsley went on: “I feel we will give a good account of ourselves.
“It’s a great honour for Roy Keane to bring his team to play us at Victory Road.
“It’s nice Ipswich feel we are at a standard to give a team of full-time professionals a decent game.
“It will be the first time this pre-season I have been able to choose from my whole squad.”
Ipswich play at Ryman League Premier Division Bury Town tomorrow night, and Keane has said that he will select two different teams.
It is expected that he will include a number of first team squad members on both nights as he looks to select what he considers his strongest XI for the visit of Premier League West Ham to Portman Road on Saturday afternoon.
Keane will be at both games putting a great deal of importance on what he sees from his players in their two games against Suffolk non-league opposition over the next 48 hours.