Leiston boss Driver wants to keep the pressure on rivals

Matt Blake is set to lead the line for Leiston

Matt Blake is set to lead the line for Leiston - Credit: James Bass

Leiston manager Glenn Driver knows his side need to keep the pressure on their promotion rivals, starting with the visit of Tonbridge Angels to Victory Road tomorrow night.

The Ryman Premier League fixture pits fourth against fifth as the race for promotion enters the business end of the season.

With promotion rivals Needham Market and Havant & Waterlooville both suffering defeats at the weekend, Driver is under no illusion about the game’s importance.

He said: “It’s very important, with two of our biggest rivals dropping valuable points at the weekend. There’s an opportunity for us to close the gap. We need to keep the pressure on the sides above us.”

Red-hot striker Matt Blake is expected to once again lead the line – the former Norwich United hitman’s brace rescued a point against Dulwich Hamlet last time out.

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That result leaves the club on 55 points, just eight behind top of the table Bognor Regis Town and with three games in hand.

And Driver is in confident mood ahead of their clash with the Kent-based club.

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He said: “I’m really looking forward to the match, the boys are looking sharp and we’ll be ready for the game.

“We have a full, fresh squad for the fixture, and will be looking to getting back to winning ways.”

The Blues had taken maximum points from their previous five fixtures until games against Wingate & Finchley and Dulwich Hamlet saw them take just one from a possible six.

Yet Driver, who signed a new three-and-a-half year deal at the club in January, said he’s not feeling the weight of expectation on his shoulders.

He added: “There’s no pressure on me and the lads. It’s my first season in charge, and we’re competing in a difficult league.”

He continued: “Lets see where we can take it. We’re a hard working group, so if we can get promoted, brilliant.”

The game is expected to go ahead, despite the heavy rain – there is a pitch inspection scheduled for tomorrow lunchtime.

Driver added: “It’s touch and go. Hopefully the game will go ahead, but we’ll obviously know more after the pitch inspection. “It’s supposed to be dry tomorrow, so fingers crossed.”

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