Leiston look to get back into the swing of things with Tonbridge Angels test

Matt Blake of Leiston bursts through the Leatherhead defence last week. Blake has been in fine scori

Matt Blake of Leiston bursts through the Leatherhead defence last week. Blake has been in fine scoring form again of late. Photo: JOHN HEALD - Credit: Archant

Leiston host Tonbridge Angels tomorrow afternoon in the Bostik Premier League, playing their first game in 11 days, writes Craig Cooper.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver, hoping his side can kick on after their fine win at Wingate on Tuesday

Leiston manager Glenn Driver, hoping his side can kick on after their fine win at Wingate on Tuesday night. - Credit: Archant

After 10 games played since the start of December, a break came at a good time for Glenn Driver’s side, but Leiston will be looking to get back into the swing of things this afternoon.

“Tonbridge will be a tough test, we need to win our home games,” Driver said.

“We sit in a healthy position in the table but need to be more ruthless at home.

“Last Saturday’s result against Leatherhead (a 1-2 defeat) was disappointing.


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“But I was pleased with the performance.

“We gave away a soft goal which was costly in the second half, but we had enough chances to get something out of the game. On Tuesday against Wingate & Finchley, it was a good performance, and even though Matt Blake got our only goal, we could have had more.

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“A clean sheet was very welcome and to beat a side who have hardly lost at home all season and one of the play-off contenders will give us confidence against Tonbridge.”

Earlier in the season, Leiston lost their unbeaten league record at Tonbridge. An early Jack Ainsley header gave the Blues the lead, but goals from Alexander Akrofi and Nathan Elder gave the hosts a win. Tonbridge’s only other win in seven league meetings in the history between both teams was back in March 2016 at Victory Road.

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The Angels arrive in Suffolk tomorrow following an impressive single goal victory at Enfield Town on Tuesday night.

“This was no mean feat especially as this was the first home defeat of the season for the Towners

The club will be holding a minute’s silence tomorrow afternoon in memory of former Ipswich Town legend Ted Phillips.

Ted played for Leiston at the start of the 1950’s before joining Town in 1953. He played for Ipswich for 11 seasons, spending one season on loan to Stowmarket Town.

In total, he scored 181 times for Ipswich in 295 games – a fantastic achievement.

Leiston Reserves travel to top-of-the-table Woodbridge Town tomorrow in the Thurlow Nunn First Division.

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