Upbeat Driver calls on his players to believe they can turn their poor run around

Leiston manager Glenn Driver and head coach Tony Kinsella, right.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver and head coach Tony Kinsella, right. - Credit: Archant

Leiston boss Glenn Driver has called on his players to ‘believe’ as the Blues look to arrest their current poor run.

The Victory Road side have lost three of their last four Ryman Premier League clashes (they have only lost seven all season). And while they still sit in a healthy position in the table – fifth and with games in hand – Driver knows their present run of results needs to change.

On Saturday they entertain play-off chasing Wingate & Finchley.

“We have points on the board and games in hand, as a football club we are certainly not panicking,” Driver said.

“Of course we are disappointed with recent results, but almost every team in our division would swap places with us right now.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day. You take the rough with the smooth and we have had plenty of smooth so far this season.

“My players have just got to believe in themselves. They have the quality, they know that, they need to believe we can get over the line this season.

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“I want to win this league, simple as that.”

Driver is right to continue to be remain upbeat. All sides are likely to hit a tricky patch sometime during the season, Driver’s issue however will be how quickly his side can get out of their current blip.

“We have got 16 games left and nine are at home,” Driver said.

“There are plenty of tough matches to come but I’ve got a full squad available for Saturday and I know we are in a strong position.

“It’s about all 16 players in the squad, not just the starting line-up. I’ll say it again, the boys have to believe they can do it.”

Wingate & Finchley beat Leiston 1-0 last month and the Blues haven’t won a game since.

Driver put out a strong reserve line-up at AFC Sudbury Reserves on Tuesday in a game they won 5-3.

“I have some players who needed game time,” Driver said.

“I phoned Jamie Godbold (Sudbury first team boss) and told him we would be using five first-teamers as they needed to play. He was a top man about it and totally understood.

“If we had been playing say Stowmarket who are going for the title, I wouldn’t have done it. But as us and Sudbury are reserve teams, I felt it was okay.”

Goalkeeper Nick Eyre came through the Sudbury clash for the Blues - a game that saw Byron Lawrence, Joe Marsden and Conor Hubble on the scoresheet.

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