RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEWS: Leiston, boosted by the arrival of a new striker, are on the road at table-toppers Maidstone United, while Bury are at home against East Thurrock United

Striker Josh Mayhew (pictured in blue playing for Hadleigh United), who has just recently joined Lei

Striker Josh Mayhew (pictured in blue playing for Hadleigh United), who has just recently joined Leiston from Witham Town - Credit: Archant

Following their enthralling five-goal thriller at Victory Road on Tuesday evening in the Suffolk Premier Cup, both Leiston and Bury Town are back in Ryman Premier Division action this afternoon.

Leiston, 3-2 victors thanks to goals from Craig Parker, Gareth Heath, and Leon Ottley-Gooch, travel to table-toppers Maidstone United, who have an intimidating record of played seven, won seven at their 3G home ground of the Gallagher Stadium.

Steve Ball’s side travel with confidence though, boasting some excellent results this month which sees them unbeaten before today, as well as a favourable away record.

In Leiston’s last road trip, they defeated a Kingstonian side they’d never previously beaten before, as Heath grabbed the solitary match-winner.

Fifth-placed Leiston currently boast the fourth best away record in the division – accumulating 13 points out of a possible 21 – losing just once.


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New signing Josh Mayhew, a prolific goalscoring striker in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division in recent seasons with Brantham Athletic and Hadleigh United in particular, could make his Leiston debut after his arrival from Witham Town on Thursday.

The tall striker has been blighted by injury so far this season but will look to prove himself at this level with the Blues.

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Bury Town meanwhile, also turn their attentions to league action this afternoon as they host East Thurrock United at Ram Meadow.

With a growing injury list after a hectic early season schedule which has seen them play the most League games (17) in the Division, Ben Chenery is again without several of his playing squad for this encounter against a side who sit mid-table after an inconsistent start.

Centre-half David Femiola scored on his debut for Bury last week in the 1-1 draw with AFC Hornchurch that lifted the Blues out of the bottom three of the Ryman Premier Division, and is expected to play again this afternoon alongside the recently returned winger Jordan Patrick, who scored a nicely-taken second goal against Leiston on Tuesday night.

Both meetings between Bury and East Thurrock ended in draws last season with a 2-2 draw at Rookery Hill and a 0-0 draw at Ram Meadow.

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