Leiston prepare for huge week ahead – starting with Needham Market tomorrow night

Matt Blake was the Leiston hero in their 2-2 draw at Leatherhead. Picture: JOHN HEALD

Matt Blake was the Leiston hero in their 2-2 draw at Leatherhead. Picture: JOHN HEALD - Credit: Archant

Leiston face two huge games this week as the Blues look to close in on a Bostik Premier play-off place.

Needham Market are the visitors to Victory Road this evening, with Hendon arriving in Suffolk on Saturday.

Two games that will define Leiston’s season – their hopes however, all in their own hands.

It’s been a fantastic campaign for Glenn Driver and Tony Kinsella, who have guided their team to a current top-five position, Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Leatherhead a crucial point in the run-in.

“To get that point at Leatherhead was vital,” Driver said.


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“It was a great effort, a great point late on and a great journey home.

“I’m not looking any further forward than the Needham Market game. We know it will not be easy, Richard Wilkins will have them organised. We will get the Needham game out of the way and then see what is needed for Saturday.”

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Driver welcomed back Matt Blake to his squad at Leatherhead after last year’s top marksman went out on loan to Norwich United last month.

It was a bold move by both player and club to facilitate that loan, but Driver feels it has been for the best.

“It was a joint decision by club and player for Matt to go to Norwich United for a month,” Driver said.

“He’s gone there and scored goals, he’s come back and he looks sharper. I’m so pleased for him. He got two great goals on Saturday – probably two of the biggest goals of our season.”

It’s tight at the top, with only the winner of the Bostik Premier Division getting promoted, the next four go into the play-offs.

Staines Town played last night at Kingstonian, while Hendon and Leatherhead clash tomorrow. On Saturday, Margate’s last game is away at Dulwich Hamlet.

A big crowd is expected at Victory Road.

Bostik Premier top eight

Billericay 44 95

Dulwich 44 91

Folkestone 45 84

Hendon 44 79

Leiston 44 76

Margate 45 76

Leatherhead 44 76

Staines 44 72

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