Leiston head to Merstham as the Blues’ games in hand need to start producing results in a tight Ryman Premier play-off picture
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Leiston travel to Merstham tomorrow night as the race for play-off places in Ryman Premier continues to hot up.
The Victory Road side were beaten at Billericay on Saturday and tomorrow night is one of two games in hand Glenn Driver’s team have left over many teams around them.
The Blues are in third place on 68 points, but with Harlow Town, down in 10th place, on 64 points, it’s obvious how tight it has become for places three to five in the play-off picture – Bognor and Havant & Waterlooville in first and second are on 85 and 84 points respectively and are well clear.
It’s imperative then that Leiston come home from Surrey with something tomorrow.
“We have got to win our games in hand,” Driver said.
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“We have Leatherhead at Victory Road on Saturday and then Harrow Borough at home on the Tuesday after that.
“Three games in eight days and nine points is what we want.
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“If we can do that then we put ourselves in a great position in the play-offs, because the play-offs is the least we want now after such a cracking season.
“We have enjoyed great success in the league and have enjoyed some good cup runs which have brought some good money into the club.”
Leiston have almost a full squad to choose from for the trip south tomorrow evening, with only Patrick Brothers still missing. But with the likes of big spending Billericay and well supported Dulwich Hamlet now breathing down their necks, it’s very much ‘game on’ as the season enters the final throws.
“I said at the start of the season I would like to finish above 72 points as that has been Leiston’s record at this level up to now,” Driver said.
“If we can do that, it justifies the faith put in me and Tony (Kinsella) to do a job here.
“We want to finish well and in the play-offs but you are right, there are some good teams in the mix.”
Leiston have only won four of their last 14 league clashes, after an explosive start to the season.
Indeed, that explosive start has given them a tiny bit of breathing space to see the job through to at least grab a play-off place, with three of their last five league games after Merstham tomorrow night, at Victory Road.