Driver praises his side after Billericay victory, with home clash with Margate OFF

Darren Mills, centre, celebrates his goal for Leiston against Billericay on Saturday, with Matt Blak

Darren Mills, centre, celebrates his goal for Leiston against Billericay on Saturday, with Matt Blake and Chris Henderson. Picture: PAUL VOLLER - Credit: Archant

Leiston boss Glenn Driver has praised his side after their fine win against league leaders Billericay on Saturday.

The Blues inflicted just the second defeat of the season on the Essex side. Ironically, that defeat meant Margate, who were set to visit Victory Road tonight in another Bostik Premier clash, would have gone top with a win. But the game was postponed this lunchtime because of a waterlogged pitch.

“Our win on Saturday has given us a big confidence boost and so it should have,” Driver said.

“We were outstanding, especially in the second half, absolutely outstanding.

“My players were superb, our fans were great, we had a crowd of more than 500. I hope many of them come back, that would be superb.”

Leiston sit in 10th place in Bostik Premier, seven points off the top five.

The play-offs are still very much in their sights and Driver points to many of the teams in and around Leiston, who still have to come to Victory Road.

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“We have Hendon, Tonbridge, Wingate, as well as Margate all to come to our place,” Driver said.

“There are still 14 or 15 games left, lots of points and a lot to play for.

“We are looking forward to the challenges ahead but there are no guaranteed wins in this league, it doesn’t matter if you have just beaten the leaders, every game is tough.”

Driver paid tribute to head coach, Tony Kinsella, who continues to be an important figure alongside him in the dugout.

“TK is really good for me,” Driver said.

“He reads the game well, sees team shapes, before and during games. I owe him a great deal, he helps me achieve things.”

Darren Mills was on the scoresheet for Leiston on his debut on Saturday – a debut Driver was thrilled with.

“Darren came in and really set the tone with his hunger and fight,” Driver said.

“I think it reflected on some of our own players.

“Millsy was on it from the start. I hope he and Matt Blake can get a good partnership going.”

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