Leiston face league leaders Kettering at Victory Road
PUBLISHED: 12:42 29 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:42 29 March 2019
(C)James Bass 2017
After no league win in four games, Leiston will be trying to get back to winning ways against league leaders Kettering Town tomorrow afternoon at Victory Road (kick off 3 o’clock).
A 0-0 draw last Saturday against Halesowen Town leaves Leiston in 12th place in the league table, while Kettering know they need eight points from their six remaining matches to win the league title.
“Last week’s game at Halesowen was scrappy from start to finish and neither side deserved to win the game,” Leiston manager Stuart Boardley said during the week.
“We are pleased however with a new defensive shape we set up with and the new system worked. The players have been looking forward to this match for a while now, as Kettering are the best side in the league.
“It’s a good chance to see what we can do against them but we know it will be a tough test and hopefully there will be a good crowd as well.”
Leiston won the reverse fixture in the middle of September, defeating the ‘Poppies’ 2-1 at Latimer Park.
Goals from Dominic Docherty and a late Patrick Brothers strike gave the Blues the three points.
Brothers and Harrison Bacon are both out injured this afternoon, while Christy Finch and Will Davies are struggling to be fit in time for the match.
Josh Hitter though has recovered from a broken toe and is set to be included in the squad.
The Suffolk side found out who they would be playing in the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday evening as Felixstowe & Walton United beat Stowmarket Town 3-0. The clubs will now meet in the final at Portman Road on Wednesday, May 8.
“On a personal note I’m looking forward to playing Felixstowe in the final as it’s my old club and it will be nice to catch up with some familiar faces,” added Boardley.
“We know they will be organised and it will be a hard game against a talented squad.”
Leiston face two away matches after this weekend as they head to Alvechurch on Tuesday before visiting Barwell next weekend.
The Reserves venture out to fourth-placed Fakenham Town this afternoon in the Thurlow Nunn First Division North fresh from a 6-1 win over Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves on Tuesday night.
On Thursday night, Leiston U18’s went down 6-2 at Bloomfields against Needham Market U18s.