‘This performance had been coming’ – Leiston boss Glenn Driver

Leiston manager Glenn Driver, and coach Tony Kinsella, in the background, standing in the technical

Leiston manager Glenn Driver, and coach Tony Kinsella, in the background, standing in the technical area during the 5-0 win at Harrow Borough on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Leiston boss, Glenn Driver, described a 20-minute spell of the second half, during Saturday’s crushing 5-0 win at Harrow Borough, as the best since he has been at the club.

The Suffolk visitors were too hot to handle for sorry Harrow, who were blown away in devastating fashion.

The net result is that Leiston, with their injury list finally shrinking, are now up to fourth in the Bostik Premier.

“This performance had been coming,” insisted Driver.

“The Billericay match was never a 4-0, if the truth be known, because me missed several good chances.

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“But then we’ve beaten Enfield 2-0 and Kingstonian 2-0, and now we’ve won 5-0 here, which is what happens when you get your squad back – that’s when we can compete with anyone in this league.

“We haven’t had that enough, with so many players out, and when you lose five or six players at this level, it’s then very difficult to compete with the clubs who have 22-man squads.

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“It was nice to see the boys back playing some flowing football, against a difficult side. Harrow won at Folkestone the previous weekend, but we could have scored 10 goals today.

“We missed good chances, but I just felt from the outset that once we got ahead, we could pick off Harrow.

“I think I’d struggle to see a better 20-minute spell than what we managed in the second half. That’s the best I’ve seen from my team since I’ve been here.

“It was one-touch football, with great overlaps – we could have had five goals in that spell alone, so I’m over the moon.

“We also defended properly. I’m pleased for the football club, because we had a few fans here today.

“We are also delighted with the clean-sheet. Their keeper (Melvin Minter) was their man-of-the-match, pulling off some fantastic saves. I told him to keep his chin up after the match.

“That’s now four clean-sheets from our last five games, which is what we were doing at the start of the season. I’ve always said that’s the time to judge me and TK (coach Tony Kinsella), when we have a full squad.

“We’re up to fourth, despite all those injuries,” added Driver, who welcomed back key men Tom Bullard and Matt Blake after injury on Saturday.

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