Near neighbours Leiston and Sudbury go head-to-head tonight in ‘massive’ game

Matt Blake is congratulated by team mate Christy Finch. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller

Matt Blake is congratulated by team mate Christy Finch. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Leiston boss Glenn Driver admits his side face one of their ‘toughest tests of the season’ at near-neighbours AFC Sudbury tonight.

The two Suffolk sides clash in a Ryman Premier League game at the Wardale Williams Stadium – both teams coming off the back of defeats at the weekend.

Leiston lost to a late Hendon goal at Victory Road, while AFC Sudbury, 2-1 up at Folkestone at half-time on Saturday, were beaten 4-2.

Both teams will want to get back to winning ways tonight.

“It should be a great game,” Driver said. “It’s a massive game for both clubs and one of the toughest of the season for us.

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“Knowing Jamie Godbold as I do, he will have his side fired up, don’t worry.

“They were leading at Folkestone on Saturday and that is no mean feat, Folkestone are very good at home. For Sudbury to lose there will have been disappointing for them, but no disgrace.”

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Leiston could move into second place should they win this evening, while Sudbury, who have dropped to 16th in the table, will look to improve on their recent run of one league win in four.

Sudbury boss Godbold admitted the league was unrelenting.

“The games just keep coming thick and fast,” he said.

“I have never known anything like it. It’s not just game to game things change, but it seems from one half to another at times.

“Yes, we were left disappointed by the Folkestone result, of course we were.

“But what a game to come back into to look to get back to winning ways.

“Our only concern is that Leiston are coming to us on the back of a defeat on Saturday – so they will want to get the three points.

“The match is important to both clubs for differing reasons.

“Leiston will want to put pressure back on the leaders, while we have slipped a bit and with a cup match on Saturday (against Kings Langley in the FA Trophy) we know other teams can pick up points on us.”

There is certainly plenty of goal threat from both sides, with the likes of Sam Bantick, Rob Eagle and Craig Parker dangerous for Sudbury, while Leiston boast Matt Blake, Joe Francis and Gareth Heath among the goals on a regular basis.

“Both teams score loads of goals, it should be an entertaining clash,” Godbold added.

While Driver concluded: “Their 3G pitch will suit us.

“We like to play the ball on the floor, so do they – it’s a big game for both sides.”

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