Leiston’s Jack Ainsley hoping to create more good memories against Bognor Regis Town

Leiston's Jack Ainsley (right) scores against Grays Athletic earlier this season. Stock image

Leiston's Jack Ainsley (right) scores against Grays Athletic earlier this season. Stock image - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Leiston’s Jack Ainsley has some good memories of playing against Bognor Regis Town.

The versatile defender-cum-midfielder will line up for the Blues against league-leading The Rocks tomorrow afternoon at Victory Road, with Ainsley keen to get one over on the West Sussex side, again!

“I remember going to Bognor on a Tuesday night the year I got promoted from the Ryman Premier Division with Lowestoft (2014/15),” recalled Ainsley.

“We beat them 2-1 at their place in the semi-final, before going on to beat AFC Hornchurch 3-0 in the final, and winning promotion into the Conference North.

“Winning those games was a great feeling, and I hope I can help Leiston beat Bognor this weekend, and when we visit them on a Tuesday night (March 28) later this month.”

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Before tomorrow’s game, Leiston sit five points short of the Ryman Premier Division play-off positions, but with four games in hand on three of the teams currently occupying the three spots above them - Needham Market, Tonbridge Angels, and Wingate & Finchley.

A 2-0 win, Leiston’s first league win in eight attempts, over promotion rivals Tonbridge on Tuesday evening was much-needed for the Suffolk side.

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“It was good to get three points, and especially against a team also going for promotion,” said Ainsley.

“We went back to basics, and we defended very well, before Niko (Muir) came up with two bits of quality for us in the second half.

“We were back playing to the levels we have been at, and I thought JJ (Joe Jefford) and Bully (Tom Bullard) were brilliant for us at centre-half.”

Deployed in central midfield alongside Gareth Heath, Ainsley also played his part in a fantastic team performance, with Leiston boss Glenn Driver labelling his display as ‘absolutely outstanding’.

“I love playing in central midfield,” said Ainsley, who has also played at centre-half and at full-back this season.

“I think sitting just in front of the back four suits me, although I like to break forward occasionally too.

“People often ask me what my favourite position is, and I will always do my best wherever the manager wants me, but I do like playing in central midfield.”

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