Leiston crash to heavy defeat at hands of King’s Lynn

Matt Blake, who gave Leiston an early lead, before the Suffolk side slumped to a 5-1 home defeat. Ph

Matt Blake, who gave Leiston an early lead, before the Suffolk side slumped to a 5-1 home defeat. Photo: PAUL VOLLER - Credit: Archant

LEISTON crashed to a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of King’s Lynn in an Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Central clash at Victory Road tonight.

And it was no more than the Norfolk visitors deserved, at their high-flying Suffolk hosts.

The night started well for Leiston, as Kyle Hammond intercepted a ball in midfield and put in Matt Blake, who made no mistake with an excellent finish.

Shortly afterwards, Adam Marriott’s shot was well saved by home keeper Marcus Garnham, and Chris Henderson headed the follow-up narrowly wide.

However, the Norfolk side equalised as the impressive Marriott ventured down the left to strike into Garnham’s bottom right-hand corner.

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Blake had to go off injured, and within a minute the away side took the lead as Henderson scored from close range.

Bad defending from Leiston allowed both Ryan Hawkins and Michael Gash to score before half-time, to put King’s Lynn 4-1 up and so leaving Glenn Driver’s men with a mountain to climb.

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The second half saw Leiston defend better, but King’s Lynn added a fifth as captain Michael Clunan stroked home a penalty in the 81st minute, to round off a miserable night for the Blues.

Elsewhere, In Bostik Premier, BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT recorded a good goalless draw away at Enfield Town, who are one of the top sides in the division. And the point lifted Tom Rothery’s men out of the bottom three.

Fresh from snatching a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Whitehawk on Saturday, via Billy Hunt’s injury-time penalty, this was another good point on the road.

Meanwhile, BRANTHAM ATHLETIC came from behind to secure a 2-1 away win at HADLEIGH UNITED in the Thurlow Nunn Premier.

The home side took the lead in the 23rd minute, Percy Thrower hitting the target with a fierce low drive which went through the keeper’s legs. But there was a double whammy for Hadleigh, just after the hour mark. Jack Madley equalised for the Blue Imps, and in the aftermath James Ross was sent off after receiving his second yellow.

Craig Hughes netted a 70th minute winner for Brantham.

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