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Red hot Leiston go to Thurrock full of confidence

Christy Finch netted a brace for Leiston in their cup semi-final win in midweek. Picture: JOHN HEALD

Christy Finch netted a brace for Leiston in their cup semi-final win in midweek. Picture: JOHN HEALD

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Leiston’s rollercoaster of a season continues tomorrow at Ship Lane, the home of Thurrock FC, writes Craig Cooper.

The Blues beat a very good Staines Town side 4-1 last weekend, while on Tuesday night they progressed to the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup final, beating Kirkley & Pakefield 3-1.

Leiston have played tomorrow’s opponents just twice in recent history. In the Suffolk club’s first year in the Bostik Premier Division, (then Ryman), Thurrock were relegated.

That season, Leiston won 3-0 at Thurrock as a Gareth Heath penalty, a David Head header and an Emannuel Osei goal gained the win. Leiston will welcome back Darren Mills, who was cup-tied against Kirkley & Pakefield in the Senior Cup on Tuesday, into the squad.

“The play-off places really are up for grabs and we go into Saturday’s game full of confidence, although we know it will be a tough game,” manager Glen Driver said.

Two goals from Christy Finch and a Jake Reed effort were enough to defeat Kirkley & Pakefield and clinch a place in the Suffolk Premier Cup final last midweek.

Driver added: “After Tuesday night’s performance against Kirkley, we owe it to ourselves to bounce back and perform. We were not at our best and on a difficult pitch we still managed to find three goals to put us in the final.

“We are looking for six points against Thurrock and Needham Market, with the latter a local derby which is always a difficult game.”

Leiston Reserves will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat to March Town United last week as they host fourth placed Swaffham Town.

They beat the Norfolk side 3-1 earlier in the season. On Monday, they look will look forward to a local derby as they visit Framlingham Town.

The U18’s continued their impressive form as they beat Needham Market on Thursday evening. Lukas Darling and Alfie Norman gave Leiston a 2-0 lead at the interval.

A Needham own goal extended Leiston’s lead and Adam Blades was also on target to gain a 4-0 win. The U18’s are still top of the league, and welcome second-placed Woodbridge Town to Victory Road next Thursday in league action.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is leaving no stone unturned in his search for January reinforcements.

Ipswich Town are committed to signing loan player Janoi Donacien on a permanent deal once his immigration status is rubber stamped.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features Darren Currie scoring on his debut in a win at QPR and the Blues win over Leicester City.....

Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has been appointed director of football at League Two club Swindon Town.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town will field a strong Under 23 side when they take on QPR at Playford Road this afternoon (1pm).

It’s been another week with more losses – but the double whammy on this occasion is that these have been suffered both on the pitch at Stoke and off the field of play, in the reporting of our latest set of accounts. In all honesty, there’s no surprise in either.

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