Leiston boss Driver: ‘Psychologically we hold the advantage’ as Blues take on Needham in Suffolk Premier Cup semi

Leiston boss Glenn Driver

Leiston boss Glenn Driver - Credit: Archant

Leiston boss Glenn Driver is looking to take the game to Needham Market when the two sides meet in tomorrow’s semi-final of the Suffolk FA Premier Cup sponsored by Omni Freight Services Ltd.

Driver has seen his side score nine times and concede just once as they have comfortably defeated Needham twice in the Ryman League Premier Division this season.

He said: “Psychologically I think playing and beating them twice gives us an advantage, but they are one of the in-form teams in our league, although they lost on Saturday.

“We will take the game to them and we know if we can get the ball down and play we will cause them problems.”

Only a last-gasp Bognor Regis Town equaliser on Saturday denied Leiston back-to-back home wins against promotion rivals following a 2-0 victory over Tonbridge Angels last Tuesday. Bognor are second in the table and Tonbridge fourth.

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Those results followed a wretched run of form which saw Leiston collect just one point in seven matches that threatened to derail their push for promotion this season.

Leiston sit sixth in the table at present – one place and four points off the play-offs but with four games in hand on Wingate & Finchley who are fifth.

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Driver said: “Against Merstham at home (1-2) and Hendon away (1-2) we were by far the better team and I still don’t know how we didn’t win those games.

“But we have just taken two of our play-off rivals all the way. We now have a break from the league for the Premier Cup, and we should not forget we have had some great cup runs this season.”

Driver should have a full full-strength squad to choose from following the return of Byron Lawrence from a two-match ban.

“It is a nice selection headache to have,” said Driver. “Mark Morsley has already said Needham will be fielding a strong side, and they deserve our respect because they have been among the top five all season.”

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