Leiston boss Steve Ball hoping to build on ‘dream start’ at Victory Road

Leiston boss Steve Ball (right) has made a big impact at Victory Road

Leiston boss Steve Ball (right) has made a big impact at Victory Road - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Leiston boss Steve Ball has admitted that he has got off to a ‘dream start’ as the Blues’ first-team manager.

Ball currently holds a 100% league record since first overseeing first-team affairs in the 6-1 demolition of Enfield Town last month.

In Ball’s opening four league games in charge, Leiston have gained maximum points and scored an astonishing 19 goals - nearly an average of five goals per game.

“It’s been a dream start I must admit,” said Ball.

“I came following Steve Pitt’s departure with a plan to click in time but luckily enough it’s happened instantly.”

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After the Enfield romping, Leiston have also gone onto free-score and convincingly win against Thamesmead Town (4-2), Bognor Regis Town (5-2) and most recently, Grays Athletic (4-1).

Earlier in the season and with virtually the same squad of players excluding the two Colchester United loanees, Nnamdi Nwachuku and Jack Simmons, the north Suffolk side couldn’t score for love nor money.

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An earlier run of just five goals in nine league games sunk Leiston into the bottom four but now the Blues just cannot stop scoring.

“I came into the camp knowing that scoring goals was an issue but I haven’t really done too much apart from tweak the system we play,” said Ball.

“I like to play fluent attacking football and know that if we score more than the opposition, we’ll win.

“Obviously we have to be responsible defensively as well but with the likes of Namdi (Nwachuku), Jack (Simmons), Gareth Heath, Craig Parker and Joe Francis is in the side, we’re full of goals and attacking flair.”

The ever-modest Ball continued: “The players are the main reason for the transformation.

“They’ve been unplayable and all credit to them.”

Two players that Ball has heaped the praise on since their arrival is the Colchester duo of Nwachuku and Simmons.

He said: “I’d just like to thank Colchester and particularly Richard Hall for their part in the deals - they’ve been brilliant.

“I tried to get the pair in using my Colchester links and they’ve both been excellent - on and off the field.

“They’re a credit to themselves and to Colchester United.”

The deadly duo are set to stay at Victory Road until January 3 when their respective loan deals expire but Ball is hopeful of the pair returning to the club.

“They’ll go back as agreed in early January but I’m hoping we’ll be able to strike another deal,” confirmed Ball.

“They’re young lads and playing at this level is benefitting them in terms of experience and toughing them up physically.”

Leiston travel to bottom side Cray Wanderers this weekend with a win potentially lifting them to as high as 10th.

That is if the fixture is to go ahead of course as a pitch inspection is scheduled for 9.30 tomorrow morning to determine whether the game goes ahead.

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