Leiston are hoping to make the most of the February fixture list with a host of home games to come

Joe Jefford, left, in action against Tonbridge.

Joe Jefford, left, in action against Tonbridge.

Leiston boss Glenn Driver is hoping his side can make the most of the February fixture schedule.

With a host of home games, starting on Wednesday night against Tonbridge Angels, the Blues have a real chance to cement their fine Ryman Premier Division home form, as well as start to put serious pressure on the top three sides.

Currently sitting in fourth place, but with a game in hand on Havant & Waterlooville (third), two on Bognor Regis (top) and three on Needham Market (second), who all sit above them, Driver’s takes his side to Merstham this weekend, should the pitch pass a Saturday morning pitch inspection.

After Merstham’s 4-0 thumping of AFC Sudbury last Saturday, Driver knows it won’t be an easy task.

“As everyone kept telling me before I took over at Leiston, it’s a tough league,” Driver said.

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“I must be honest, I didn’t think it would be as tough as it is, but me and TK (Tony Kinsella) are enjoying the challenge.

“It’s a huge learning curve.

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“We have looked at the fixtures for February, not only ours but others as well, and there are a lot of teams at or near the top set to play each other.

“Teams are going to drop points and we have to make sure we keep our good home form going.”

Indeed, Leiston have played only 13 league games at home out of their 28 played so far and the fact they currently have the best home record in the Division is testament to why Driver knows February is a big month for his side.

“Our form is very good at home and teams know they will have to play very well if they are to take any points away,” Driver said.

With a fully-fit squad to choose from, including new signing Conor Hubble from Billericay, Driver is hoping Matt Blake can keep up his amazing scoring form – his link-up play with Niko Muir-Merchant continues to blossom.

“Niko and Blakey have got a great partnership going,” Driver added.

“Niko has great hold-up play and we know how well Matt Blake has adapted to this level of football.

“It’s just part of great combinations we have throughout the team.”

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