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Leiston face another unknown test as Halesowen Town travel to Victory Road

Rob Eagle, in red, has joined Lowestoft from Leiston. Picture: PAUL VOLLER

Rob Eagle, in red, has joined Lowestoft from Leiston. Picture: PAUL VOLLER

Leiston return to league action tomorrow afternoon at Victory Road on ‘Non-League Day’ as Halesowen Town visit in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Central Division, writes Craig Cooper

Not for the first time this season, the visitors are a side that Leiston have never played.

Halesowen are currently ninth in the league table, and have 13 points to their name but have played a game more than the Blues.

It’s set to be a tough fixture for Leiston, who lost their last home league game to Barwell two weeks ago.

“We know Halesowen will be a tough side,” said Leiston manager Glen Driver.

“They have some excellent players.

“Having such a good surface at Victory Road means teams relish the chance to play good football and gives them a lift.

“We have to get back to being positive and being brave on the ball. If we want to be around the play-offs, then we need to start putting together back-to-back victories.”

Driver’s side had lost two games on the trot at home to Hastings United in the FA Cup and to Barwell in the league, but defeated Needham Market 11 days ago in the League Cup 4-2 on penalties, after the match finished 1-1.

“After losing in the FA Cup, it is nice to still be in the League Cup and we hope to get a home draw in the next round,” Driver added.

Meanwhile, Robert Eagle has departed Victory Road and signed for Lowestoft Town.

The midfielder came to the club in the summer of 2017.

Rob played 29 times in all competitions for the first team, scoring once against Met Police.

“I’d like to thank Chris Henderson (who left last week for Lowestoft) and Rob Eagle for their efforts in a Leiston shirt and wish them all the best at their new clubs,” Driver said.

After tomorrow afternoon’s match, Leiston host King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday night, before hitting the road in their next two matches at Stratford Town and St Ives Town.

Meanwhile Leiston Reserve managers Ian Cornforth and Dean Last will be hoping to build on their win at Needham Market Reserves on Wednesday night in the First Division Knockout Cup.

Tomorrow, the Reserves travel to Downham Town.

Andy Warren looks ahead to Ipswich Town’s clash with Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

Every day in the run-up to Christmas, we’re counting down Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever players, culminating in the Blues’ best featuring on Christmas Day.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to December 21, 2004, when Darren Bent took Ipswich to the top of the Championsip on Christmas Day, after beating Wigan 2-1 thanks to his 89th-minute winner at Portman Road.

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

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