Leiston chairman ‘absolutely elated’ at title win

CLUB chairman Andy Crisp said he was “absolutely elated” after seeing Leiston clinch the Ridgeons League Premier Division title.

Crisp, who has been the driving force behind the scenes along with his vice-chairman Peter Mayhew, was showered in champagne in the celebrations that followed the final whistle.

He said: “I am absolutely elated for myself, Peter and the committee as well as we have put so much into the club over the years.

“Today’s performance wasn’t particularly good, but we stuck in there and got the point we needed.

“Well done to manager Mark Morsley, his coaching staff and the players who have taken the Ridgeons League by storm this season.

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“Special thanks go to everyone behind the scenes at the club. The committee and back-room staff are a pleasure to work with and we would not have achieved what we have this season without them.

“Now the challenge will be to prove we are not a one-season team and give it a right go next year in the Ryman League,” he added.

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Vice-chairman Peter Mayhew joined the club 45 years ago when they were in the Senior Division of what is now known as the Kingsley Healthcare Suffolk & Ipswich League. He recalled: “Along with Ipswich Town, Lowestoft Town, Sudbury Town we were one of only four sides in Suffolk who were full members of the FA until we dropped down to Division One for a couple of seasons, which saw us lose our full membership.”

“That was a long time ago and this is a wonderful experience and greatly deserved by the whole club.

“We have worked hard not only this season but last season as well for this success.

“We have had a stronger squad this season with Mark Morsley coming in as manager. He has put his own stamp on the team and his own way of doing things.”

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