Leiston boss Driver: ‘We need to go on a run to reach play-offs’

Leiston manager Glenn Driver

Leiston manager Glenn Driver - Credit: Archant

Leiston finally hope to play their fourth match of 2018 tomorrow afternoon when they visit London to take on Met Police, writes Craig Cooper.

It’s been a frustrating period for the Blues, with cancelled games and other results in recent weeks seeing Leiston slip down to eighth in the league table.

Just four points separate third-placed Folkestone Invicta and ninth-placed Wingate & Finchley.

“We are looking forward to playing our first match in 18 days against a good Met Police team’, boss Glen Driver said.

“We go into the game fresh and hungry after defeating Wingate & Finchley where I thought we were excellent.

“Sometimes a rest can do you more harm than it can good, but with injuries and players getting back to fitness I’m hoping it was a blessing.

“It’s very tight now at the top of this division and I told the players at training on Thursday evening that we are going to have to go on a run if we are to finish in the play-offs this season.”

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Leiston defeated Met Police 3-0 at Victory Road earlier in the season, with goals coming from Matt Blake, Joe Marsden and Robert Eagle.

Looking back, the Blues won twice at Imber Court in their first season in the Bostik (then Ryman) Premier Division in the 2012/2013 season. The Suffolk side beat ‘The Met’ 4-3 in an FA Trophy Replay early on in the season, and Leiston beat them 1-0 away in the league in December 2012.

But since then, Leiston have won just once, on the last day of the 2015/2016 season with the Blues running out 3-0 victors, with Tom Winter, Jake Taylor and Gareth Heath all on the scoresheet.

A busy schedule awaits Leiston in February – including seven league matches and a Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-final at home to Ipswich Town.

They play away to Hendon, Merstham and Tooting & Mitcham, whilst hosting Worthing, Billericay Town, Margate and Tonbridge Angels in the league.

Meanwhile, Leiston Reserves will be looking for their first win of 2018 today as they welcome Norwich CBS to Victory Road in the Thurlow Nunn First Division.

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