Leiston up for the cup

IT’S early days for Leiston in the Ryman League, but already manager Mark Morsley is pin-pointing one or two issues.

IT’S early days for Leiston in the Ryman League, but already manager Mark Morsley is pin-pointing one or two issues.

While satisfied with his side’s two wins, one draw and one defeat, from their opening four Division One North games, Morsley knows it could have been more.

“We’ve had a decent start, but it could have been better,” he said.

“Concentration is key. We need to concentrate for 90 minutes. This league is more physical, but you also have to be switched on for the whole game.


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“It’s already cost us.”

It certainly has, as Leiston dropped two points to Waltham Forest after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to play. And then, with 20 minutes left at Soham on Monday, they conceded twice.

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“You need to be fit in this league and your concentration can’t falter,” Morsley added.

“But we’ve had a decent start and I expect us to be in the play-offs come the end of the season. It’s a two-year plan for us to move out of this division and most of our players are on, or will be on, two-year contracts.

“We didn’t have a great pre-season to be honest and we are a bit of a work in progress. But we are doing well.”

Today, Leiston fans have a chance to enjoy FA Cup action, with FC Clacton the visitors to Victory Road in a Preliminary Round tie.

Leiston and the FA Cup have been good for each other in the past few years, and Morsley knows its importance.

“The FA Cup is a big competition for non-league sides these days,” he added.

“The prize money has increased a lot in recent years and, of course, the romance of the competition still exists.

“Clacton had a good result at Hadleigh on Tuesday night, while we lost on Monday, so I expect them to give us a good game.

“It will be a nice break from league action, but we very much want to win and progress.”

The winners of today’s Preliminary round get �1,500

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