Leiston’s Craig Parker hoping injury-hit season is behind him as Suffolk side visit East Thurrock

Craig Parker (red) in action for Leiston against Haverhill Borough earlier this season

Craig Parker (red) in action for Leiston against Haverhill Borough earlier this season - Credit: Archant

Leiston’s goalscoring midfielder Craig Parker is confident his injury-crisis is behind him this season.

Parker has endured a stop-start season at Victory Road, but netted the winner in the superb 2-1 away triumph over third-placed Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday evening.

Leiston are also on the road today as they travel to fellow play-off hopefuls East Thurrock (3pm kick-off), a game Parker is looking forward to playing in following recent hamstring trouble.

“I’m starting to feel fitter every game, but for several weeks I’ve been hampered by a hamstring injury,” confirmed the former Bury Town and Chelmsford City midfielder.

“I picked up the injury in November and missed the best part of six weeks (on and off) so it’s taken me time to get back into it.


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“I felt I was playing well up to the injury so it’s been frustrating.

“The last few games have gone well and it’s feeling better all the time, so I hope I can get in a good run of form and fitness to the end of the season and help the team do well”.

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Despite his injury-affected season, Parker still has 10 League goals to his name, bettered only by fellow midfielder Gareth Heath at the club.

“I never set myself goal targets but I seem to do alright most seasons, in and around the 20 goal mark,” continued Parker.

“I’ve got 10 League goals so far so there’s still plenty of time to get towards 20, and help push the team towards the play-off places along the way.

“It was a great result at Dulwich on Tuesday, but we now have two equally hard games as the season is shaping up nicely.

“I think there is one play-off place up for grabs and a group of teams, including us, believe they can get it.

“It should be an exciting second half of the season.”

Tuesday’s other goalscorer for Leiston, Danny Block, is sidelined with a hamstring injury today, but Patrick Brothers and Blake Saker should return to the seventh-placed Blues squad, who will leapfrog fifth-placed East Thurrock if they can gain victory.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Witham Town visit Wingate & Finchley looking to pull clear of the relegation places, while in the Ryman North, Brightlingsea Regent welcome Waltham Abbey, and Heybridge Swifts host Aveley.

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