Driver: ‘It’s in our own hands’, as Leiston gear up for Bostik Premier play-off push
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Leiston boss Glenn Driver knows hopes of his side reaching the Bostik Premier play-offs are in their own hands – and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Leiston drew at Met Police on Saturday, a team currently sitting sixth in the table. Leiston are in eighth.
With a top-five place required to get into the play-offs and with the Victory Road club just three points off that, Driver is eagerly looking ahead to the final third of the campaign.
“Getting into the play-offs is in our own hands,” Driver said.
“We have got 17 games left and about 10 or 11 of them are against teams above us or challenging for the play-offs. If we win those games, we are going to be in there.
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“I think we have a better opportunity of making the play-offs this season than last year. Our squad is better and our destiny is in our hands. That’s so much better than relying on other teams doing us favours.
“We need to make our home ground a fortress.
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“We’ve got Billericay to come at home, Margate, Hendon, Wingate, Tonbridge. All these teams are in and around the play-offs.
“We have to go to Hendon, Staines, Folkestone, as well.”
Driver knows that while winning games is in their own hands, that’s a tough run of fixtures still to come. But he’s not concerned.
“On Saturday against Met Police, our second half performance was outstanding,” he said.
“We should have won the game and that has been one of our only faults this season, not taking our chances.
“We are giving teams a headstart, we are not starting fast ourselves and then we are having to get back into the game.”
This Saturday, Leiston entertain Worthing.
Meanwhile, Needham Market gained a much-needed 2-0 victory at Enfield Town on Saturday, Adam Mills and Dan Morphew the scorers.
Richard Wilkins side are not out of the woods by any stretch however, but are five points off bottom-placed Tooting – only one side is relegated.
On Saturday, the Marketmen entertain Tonbridge Angels at Bloomfields in a Bostik Premier clash.