Leiston boss Glenn Driver looks ahead to big Dulwich Hamlet and Lowestoft Town clashes

Leiston manager Glenn Driver giving instructions from the bench.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver giving instructions from the bench. - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Leiston boss Glenn Driver is convinced his side can take points off any team in the Bostick Premier this season.

The Blues entertain Dulwich Hamlet tomorrow in a game that is sure to draw a large crowd to Victory Road, with the south London club set to bring a big following.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Leiston travel to Lowestoft for the derby clash.

Driver’s optimism is sporn from the Blues’ unbeaten start to the league campaign and their impressive 2-2 draw at Margate, having been 2-0 down at half-time.

It was certainly a confidence boost of a performance to the side after two 1-0 victories against Dorking and Brightlingsea had seen them start solidly.

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“Dulwich are one of the best teams in our division, we know that, but we took four points off them last season,” Driver said.

“It’s a big test but no bigger than the one we faced at Margate when we were two behind. We proved by coming back to draw that, we can take points off anyone in this division.”

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Driver feels Leiston are now an established Step 3 club having being labelled for many seasons – as they have seeked to establish themselves at this level – as, punching above their weight.

“I don’t feel we are punching above our weight anymore quite honestly,” Driver said.

“In fact I get a bit tired of hearing it.

“OK, if you look at our budget compared to others, we are not one of the biggest payers, but we had more than 300 people watch our opening home game – Leiston’s biggest crowd ever for an opening day fixture.

“We are building and continue to build, but we are established now at this level in my opinion.”

Leiston have certainly started the new season in the same way they finished the old, in and around the play-off places, with Driver saying team spirit is at an all-time high.

“Our spirit is great,” he said.

“You can speak to players like Matt Blake who have been here a couple of seasons, or Blake Saker, who has been here 10. They will both say the same thing, the spirit is great and that is key to much of what we are doing.”

After tomorrow’ game, Leiston travel to Lowestoft on Monday, the Trawlermen having doubled Driver’s team last season.

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