Leiston set themselves up for a tough week with VCD Athletic win

Leiston's Billy Clark blocks VCD's Joseph Bruce's attempted clearance

Leiston's Billy Clark blocks VCD's Joseph Bruce's attempted clearance - Credit: Archant

Leiston boss Richard Wilkins knows Saturday’s victory over VCD Athletic sets his side up nicely for a challenging week ahead.

Having beaten Staines at Victory Road on Wednesday night, this quick-fire home league double after victory against VCD Athletic was just what the doctor ordered.

Leiston travel to Bognor Regis Town tomorrow night and Hampton & Richmond on Saturday.

“This was a very important win for us,” Wilkins said.

“It does set us up nicely. It’s now two-and-a-half games we have really been good.

“We were three-nil down at Leatherhead in the first half at their place, but came back to 3-2. We beat Staines and now VCD, all good stuff and it’s great to see.

“The play-offs are where we want to be and if we can achieve that, it would be fabulous.

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“I thought today we were excellent, created good goals and in the second half we knew they might have a few more opportunities with the wind behind them but it was us who had the best opportunities to score.

“We now have to go to Bognor and Hampton & Richmond. It won’t be easy but if we can pick up points from those games, we will be in a good position.

“In recent games we have pushed Gareth Heath a bit further forward and that has worked.

“Young Kelsey Trotter has done well for us too, sitting in front of the back four, it allows us to get Heath and Danny Cunningham forward.”

Cunningham, meanwhile was buoyant about Leiston’s chances of getting in the play-offs this season.

“We are back where we should be – in the play-off places,” he said.

“We really went at it as a team today and it was good the way we played.

“I though Kelsey (Trotter) did superb and Heathy (Gareth Heath) was excellent.

“Don’t know if we can go up automatically, but the play-offs are there. It’s the reason I love playing here.”

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