Leiston face tough Cray test to start

Danny Laws

Danny Laws - Credit: Andy Abbott

Leiston manager Danny Laws has welcomed an action-packed August fixture list, with the Premier Division Blues set to play seven league and cup games in the opening three weeks of the season.

Former Needham Market manager Laws, who took over at Victory Road in March, sees his side host Cray Wanderers on the opening day and face Suffolk derbies against Bury (home) and Lowestoft (away) in August.

“If you throw in the cup games we have to play, then it is a busy time, but every manager would rather have the games early on that having to fit them in on Tuesday and Thursdays later on in the season,” said Laws.

“Towards the end of last season we had an incredible backlog of games and when you have a team playing so many matches in a short space of time, the quality is just not there.

“It’s harsh, therefore, to expect your supporters to pay for three home games on the trot and you are more likely to get value for money early on, rather than going to games when players have had just 48 hours recovery time.”


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On the prospect of hosting Cray on August 10, Laws added: “They had a good season last time round and are a well-established side at this level.”

Sat Aug 10 Cray Wanderers H

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Wed Aug 14 Grays Athletic A

Sat Aug 17 Carshalton Athletic A

Tue Aug 20 Hendon H

Sat Aug 24 Bury Town H

Mon Aug 26 Lowestoft Town A

Sat Aug 31 Harrow Borough H F.A. Cup Prelim

Wed Sep 4 F.A. Cup Prelim - Replays

Sat Sep 7 Margate A

Tue Sep 10 Billericay Town A

Sat Sep 14 F.A. Cup Q1

Sat Sep 21 AFC Hornchurch H

Tue Sep 24 Canvey Island H

Sat Sep 28 Kingstonian A F.A. Cup Q2

Sat Oct 5 Hampton & Richmond Borough H F.A. Trophy Prelim

Sat Oct 12 Metropolitan Police A F.A. Cup Q3

Sat Oct 19 F.A. Trophy Q1

Sat Oct 26 East Thurrock United A F.A. Cup Q4

Sat Nov 2 Dulwich Hamlet H F.A. Trophy Q2

Sat Nov 9 Maidstone United A F.A. Cup 1

Sat Nov 16 Bognor Regis Town H F.A. Trophy Q3

Sat Nov 23 Wealdstone A

Sat Nov 30 Enfield Town H F.A. Trophy 1

Sat Dec 7 Thamesmead Town A F.A. Cup 2

Sat Dec 14 Grays Athletic H F.A. Trophy 2

Sat Dec 21 Cray Wanderers A

Thu Dec 26 Lowestoft Town H

Sat Dec 28 Hendon A

Wed Jan 1 Bury Town A

Sat Jan 4 Carshalton Athletic H F.A. Cup 3

Sat Jan 11 Lewes H F.A. Trophy 3

Sat Jan 18 Wingate & Finchley A

Tue Jan 21 Canvey Island A

Sat Jan 25 Margate H F.A. Cup 4

Sat Feb 1 Harrow Borough A F.A. Trophy 4

Sat Feb 8 Kingstonian H

Tue Feb 11 Billericay Town H

Sat Feb 15 AFC Hornchurch A F.A. Cup 5 / F.A. Trophy Semi-Final (1)

Sat Feb 22 Metropolitan Police H F.A. Trophy Semi-Final (2)

Sat Mar 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough A

Sat Mar 8 Maidstone United H F.A. Cup 6

Sat Mar 15 Bognor Regis Town A

Sat Mar 22 Wealdstone H F.A. Trophy Final

Sat Mar 29 Enfield Town A

Sat Apr 5 Thamesmead Town H

Sat Apr 12 East Thurrock United H F.A. Cup Semi-Final

Sat Apr 19 Dulwich Hamlet A

Mon Apr 21 Wingate & Finchley H

Sat Apr 26 Lewes A

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