Tough test for Leiston tonight

RIDGEONS Premier League leaders Leiston will have their resolve tested to the full tonight, as they travel to in-form Felixstowe & Walton United.

Mike Bacon

NON-LEAGUE

By Mike Bacon

RIDGEONS Premier League leaders Leiston will have their resolve tested to the full tonight, as they travel to in-form Felixstowe & Walton United.


You may also want to watch:


The current leaders are on a ten-match unbeaten league run, while the Seasiders have won four of their previous five league games and are unbeaten in the league at home.

“I think it's fair to say it won't be an easy game,” admitted Leiston chairman Andy Crisp.

Most Read

“It's a nice place to go and we have a great relationship with Felixstowe off the pitch, but on the pitch on Tuesday, it will be very tough.”

Indeed the Seasiders are looking to make it four wins in 10 days, while high-flying Leiston harbour hopes of a move up the non-league pyramid, if the route was right.

“We look at Lowestoft and what they have done and we, and I suspect the likes of Kirkley and Needham Market, would be happy going down the Ryman League route,” Crisp added.

Leiston welcome Danny Cunningham back tonight after a one-match suspension.

Meanwhile Leiston's rivals at the top of the division, Needham Market, should pick up three points against lowly Harwich & Parkeston tonight.

The Essex side continue to struggle, as Needham show few signs of letting up on Leiston and CRC at the summit.

In other Ridgeons League Premier Division games this evening, Hadleigh entertain Haverhill, the Millfield side hoping to bounce back after their defeat to Leiston on Saturday.

It's only two wins in their last six league games for Hadleigh, but they can feel proud of the way they have attacked the Premier Division on their return and crowds are up too.

In the first round of the Ridgeons First Division Cup, there are games at Clacton, Gorleston and Stowmarket.

Bury Town entertain Chesham United in the Zamaretto League tonight. Richard Wilkins' side have plenty of league matches in hand on their rivals, but Chesham are unbeaten on their league travels and this will be a tough one for the Ram Meadow side.

FACT FILE

Felixstowe & Walton v Leiston

THE last four League fixtures between the sides at Dellwood Avenue have heralded 20 goals with Leiston scoring 15 of them.

Felixstowe have tasted defeat just once in their last 11 home games in all competitions.

Leiston have won their last five games on the road, scoring 20 in the process and conceding just three.

Felixstowe have conceded just one goal in six hours of football at home and have kept four clean sheets from their seven League home games.

Felixstowe are one of only two sides (Needham Market the other) to have an unbeaten home record.

Tonight is the 11th League meeting between the sides in the Eastern Counties League. Leiston have won nine to Felixstowe's one.

Follow Mike on Twitter (www.twitter.com) Mike_Bacon

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter