Leiston boss impressed with some of Ipswich Town’s young talent, after Premier Cup clash

Declan Daniels scores the first goal of the match to take Ipswich into the lead in the Leiston v Ips

Declan Daniels scores the first goal of the match to take Ipswich into the lead in the Leiston v Ipswich Town U18's (SuffolkPremier Cup) match at Victory Road, Leiston, on 15 November 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Leiston manager Glenn Driver believes Ipswich Town could have some bright young talent to call upon in the next couple of years.

Town's Steven Cahill tackles Leiston's Regan Pelling in the Leiston v Ipswich Town U18's (Suffolk Pr

Town's Steven Cahill tackles Leiston's Regan Pelling in the Leiston v Ipswich Town U18's (Suffolk Premier Cup) match at Victory Road, Leiston, on 15 November 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Driver watched as his side defeated a young Town side 6-3 in the Suffolk Premier Cup at Victory Road on Tuesday night, to book their place in the semi-final.

A hat-trick from centre-back Jake Hutchings plus strikes from Christy Finch, Joe Francis and Matt Blake ensured the Ryman Premier high-flyers secured a comfortable victory in the end.

However, it took a while for Leiston to finally put the game to bed as the visitors never stopped fighting and scored goals of their own through Declan Daniels, Corrie Ndaba and Ben Folami.

Left-winger Folami was one of several impressive performers in the final third for Alan Lee’s side, Daniels, Conor McKendry, James Blanchfield, Ross Meldrum and substitute Steven Cahill also impressing.

Town's Ben Folami battles with Leiston's Blake Saker during the Leiston v Ipswich Town U18's (Suffol

Town's Ben Folami battles with Leiston's Blake Saker during the Leiston v Ipswich Town U18's (Suffolk Premier Cup) match at Victory Road, Leiston, on 15 November 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller


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And Driver said: “I think any young kid at Ipswich has a chance of having a bright future.

“They are a club that give youngsters an opportunity, with the likes of Teddy Bishop and, before him, players such as Richard Wright, Kieron Dyer, Titus Bramble and Darren Ambrose.

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“I think Ipswich might go back that way, I think you will see a lot more youngsters come through and there were a few tonight that impressed me and came out of the game with a lot of credit.

“I love seeing academy players coming through, it’s what football should be about and I think you are only as strong as your academy with the gulf in finances between our level and Ipswich Town’s and Ipswich Town’s and Manchester United’s. You have got to keep introducing youngsters.

On his side’s performance, Driver added: “It was a mixed bag. We kept the ball well at times, at other times we didn’t and we conceded some sloppy goals. We were our own worst enemy.”

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