Leiston need to win two of their last three to make play-offs – insists manager Glenn Driver

Marc Charles-Smith (9) scores to put Harrow Borough into an early lead at Leiston tonight. Jake Hutc

Marc Charles-Smith (9) scores to put Harrow Borough into an early lead at Leiston tonight. Jake Hutchlings is the Leiston player on his knees. It ended in a 2-2 draw. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Leiston manager, Glenn Driver, believes that his side have to win at least two of their final three matches to finish in the Ryman Premier play-off zone.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver has his head down after his side dropped two points in the midweek draw

Leiston manager Glenn Driver has his head down after his side dropped two points in the midweek draw against Harrow Borough. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The Blues remain fourth in the table, despite some indifferent recent form, which included dropping two points in a 2-2 home draw against mid-table Harrow Borough in midweek.

But the Suffolk side really need to win at relegation-threatened Kingstonian this afternoon, to maintain a three-point buffer between themselves and the chasing pack.

“From a personal point of view, I set out to beat last season’s points tally (72) and I’ve now equalled it, so me and Tony Kinsella are proud of that achievement,” explained Driver.

“It justifies the decision they (the Board) made last summer (change of manager). That’s been our aim from the outset, but I think this football club deserves to get into the play-offs.


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“They have suffered heartbreak too many times in the past, so we’ve got to stay in the top five.

“We have to work hard, and I think we need to win two of our last three matches. We’ve got to win at Kingstonian, and also beat Lowestoft (Easter Monday) – then I don’t think anyone will catch us, with our good goal difference.

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“It’s two wins from three, otherwise it’s curtains for us. One win will not be enough, not after Tuesday night. We need two more wins,” added Driver.

Referring to the midweek 2-2 draw against Harrow, Driver said: “That was a massive two points dropped for us. Harrow didn’t have to work hard for their goals.

“We’re still in fourth, and I think our good goal difference does keep us in the driving seat.

“I’ve told the lads that if they win all their three remaining games, then they will be in the play-offs, but we’ve got to improve on our performance from Tuesday night.

“We are top goalscorers (94 goals) in the league for a reason – we’ve played some entertaining football this season, and our two goals against Harrow were both excellent.

“But we have got the worst defensive record (59 goals conceded) from the teams in the top seven, and that’s what has let us down this year. It’s all right playing good, flowing football, but you’ve also got to know how to defend as a team.”

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