Leiston manager Mark Morsley relishing trip

Leiston's Patrick Brothers, right, is expected to be fit to return for Leiston at Hampton & Richmond

Leiston's Patrick Brothers, right, is expected to be fit to return for Leiston at Hampton & Richmond Borough this afternoon - Credit: Andrew Partridge

LEISTON manager Mark Morsley is relishing today’s Ryman League Premier Division trip to Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The Suffolk side have faced today’s 10th-placed opponents three times already this season, but have yet to come out on top.

The match definitely goes ahead - one of only a few fixtures involving Suffolk and Essex sides to beat the weather.

Morsley said: “We have had three tremendous games against them. We were 2-0 up at home with two minutes to play before drawing 2-2 when we were starting to turn our season around in October.

“Their manager said to me after that game that he thought we were in a false position in the table back then.

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“Then we drew with them at home in the FA Trophy and lost there in the replay in another very good game.

“They have lost their way a little bit, and have made some changes to their squad, with players going out and others coming in.

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“But they are a good side who play good football. They have a lovely pitch and a good stadium which generates a good atmosphere.”

Leiston, who dropped a place to 15th in the table as a result of Cray Wanderers’ 1-1 draw at Hastings United on Tuesday, have almost a full-strength squad to choose from.

Stuart Boardley, who has been playing at centre back during Leiston’s nine-match undefeated league run, serves a one-match suspension after picking up five bookings, but would have been ruled out anyway by a rib injury.

The only other anticipated absentee will be Michael Brothers, who is serving the last of the three-match ban following his straight red card in the 3-3 draw at Bury Town just before Christmas.

Midfield trio Patrick Brothers, Leon Ottley-Gooch and George Wilson have all recovered from injuries and should be in the squad that travels to London.

Goalkeeper Dan Heath will make his debut following his two-month loan switch from Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division Hadleigh United.

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