‘It’s been longest five weeks of my football career’, admits Driver after Leiston get back to winning ways

Leiston manager, Glenn Driver, a happy man last night.

Leiston manager, Glenn Driver, a happy man last night. - Credit: Archant

Leiston boss Glenn Driver was a relieved man when the referee blew the full-time whistle last night.

The Blues ended a seven-game winless streak thanks to Niko Muir’s super brace in a 2-0 win over Tonbridge Angels at Victory Road.

After the match, Driver said: “That win has been coming!

“It’s been the longest five weeks of my football career.

“To finally get a win after seven games without one is a relief. I’ve never known a run like it in - as a player or as a manager.”

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Leiston’s last league win before last night was back on January 21. One draw and six league defeats saw Leiston drop out of the play-offs for the first time in many months, but now they have the top five in their sights again.

“Tonbridge are one of our rivals for the play-offs so to beat them 2-0 is very pleasing,” continued Driver, whose side remain in sixth spot, five points short of the play-offs.

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“It was massively important for us to beat them and to get a win - something we’ve been saying for the last three or four games!

“We’re five points behind Tonbridge now, with four games in hand, and I’m just really pleased for the boys in the changing room.”

Driver continued: “I thought everyone was outstanding.

“Tom Bullard was out-of-this world, he didn’t lose a header or tackle all game, and Jack Ainsley gave an all-round midfield performance which has been as good as I’ve seen this year from one of our players.

“Niko Muir’s first goal was different class, and his second was a proper strikers’ goal.”

After scoring his first goal, Muir ran back the full-length of the field to poignantly celebrate with goalkeeper Jacob Marsden, with Leiston team-mates also jumping on the pair.

“Jacob (Marsden) lost his grandfather recently,” explained Driver.

“For the boys to go and do what they did shows what a good togetherness there is in the changing room.

“Jacob is such a lovely kid, we think a lot of him here and it was a great touch, I think he deeply appreciated it.”

Leiston entertain league leaders Bognor Regis on Saturday.

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