LEISTON St Margarets’ player-manager Chris Wright said it is “the hardest draw we could have had” ahead of tomorrow’s tie against Whitton United.

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The Touchline SIL Senior Division side entertain the Thurlow Nunn League Division One side who have won the competition for the last two seasons in the second-round tie.

The coastal side have lost their last three league games, but Wright said confidence was still reasonably high and his side is in good spirits.

“Our start to the season has been disappointing. We had two wins and two draws in our first four games, but since then, although we have been playing well enough, we have not been getting the results.

“Apart from the game away to Cranes (lost 3-0) when we were awful, I think we have been unlucky in the rest of our games.

“I would like to be going into the match after three wins, but it has not worked out like that.”

Leiston are still adjusting to life after James Blades, the striker who is now impressing for high-flying Hadleigh United in the Premier Division of the Thurlow Nunn League.

Wright said: “I said all along that he should be playing at a higher level as he is a very good player. We wished him all the best when he left, and we certainly miss him.

“Apart from him the side is more or less the same as last season, although work has ruled out Adam Herbert, who is our engine in midfield, but he will hopefully be back after Christmas.”

Wright, whose side won 1-0 at Coplestonians in the first round, continued: “I love the Suffolk Senior Cup and without a doubt it is our biggest game of the season.

“I went and watched one of Whitton’s games, but I know a few of their players and they have a lot of quality.

“I would say it is the hardest draw we could have had, but we have nothing to lose – all the pressure is on them.

“We have just got to do the best we can, but if they play well they will win,” he added.

The Saints do have home advantage, and Wright admitted: “It is certainly better than playing away.

“Over the last couple of years we have had a decent record at home.

“Not many teams enjoy coming to us, and hopefully there will be a fair few watching the match on Saturday.”

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