Matt Blake has taken move to Ryman Premier leaders Leiston in his stride

Matt Blake

Matt Blake - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

After scoring over 100 goals in three seasons Matt Blake was a much sought-after striker.

And as Norwich United clinched their second successive Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title, Blake felt it was time to move on and, with plenty of suitors, decided to join Leiston. He hasn’t looked back.

Today, as his side faces Kingstonian at Victory Road, Thetford-based Blake will be looking for his seventh goal of the campaign in just his eighth start.

“If I’m honest, I never imagined it would start so well,” said Blake.

“I never thought we would start with six league wins, especially travelling to places like Canvey and Dulwich.

“But the belief at the moment is incredible. For me it has been excellent and from the very first game I knew I’d made the right choice in signing for Leiston.”

Leaders Leiston are looking for a magnificent seventh straight league win as they set the tempo at the top of the early Ryman League Premier Division table.

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For Blake it’s been a two-league jump that he has taken in his stride.

“It’s been easy to settle in at Leiston as everything is first class,” he explained.

“Training is quality and there is such a happy atmosphere which obviously comes from winning games.

“But we’re not getting carried away, it’s an old cliche, but we’re just taking every game as it comes.

“I’ve been happy, grabbing six goals, as it’s been a lot harder than I’ve been used to.

“It’s a lot faster and more physical, but the football has been quality and slick in every game.

“I haven’t set myself any targets yet, I usually wait until around Christmas.

“As a team, hopefully we’ll be challenging towards the top of the table and I can help the team to a strong finish.”

Kingstonian haven’t started as strongly as they would have hoped but they are chasing a third straight league win today.

Leiston have no injury concerns going into the game and for a fourth successive game look likely to stick with the same unchanged squad.

Elsewhere in Ryman Premier today, ninth-placed Lowestoft Town travel to Staines Town, in 14th, hoping to pick up their third away win of the season.

There is a busy afternoon of football in Ryman North with Brightlingsea Regent travelling to AFC Hornchurch, Heybridge Swifts hosting Waltham Abbey, Bury Town on the road at Thamesmead, Witham at home to Ware and Maldon & Tiptree away at Wroxham.

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