December 11 2013 Latest news:
By Nick Garnham
Friday, December 14, 2012
LEISTON manager Mark Morsley has admitted to making mistakes after revamping his squad this season.
Seven players left Leiston in the summer as Morsley rung the changes after winning Ryman League Division One North last season.
Several new faces arrived at Victory Road ahead of the club’s first-ever season in the Premier Division.
But now, with more than a third of the season completed, Morsley has admitted to making mistakes.
Although Morsley did not name names, midfielder Rhys Darg has left to re-join AFC Sudbury and centre back Tom Wray, recruited from Brantham Athletic, has not figured in recent weeks.
Since the start of the season, Morsley has re-signed striker Nathan Stone, who joined Lowestoft Town last season, Danny Smy is back after a short spell at Felixstowe & Walton United, while Leiston beat off competition from AFC Sudbury to bring back Michael Brothers from Brantham Athletic.
The ever-honest boss said: “I didn’t know what to expect because I had not experienced this level before, although I always knew it would be tough.
“I think maybe some of the changes in personnel in the summer were mistakes, but that’s life. But I made a determined effort to change the way we were playing.
“We brought (ex-Ipswich Town and Colchester United coach) Steve Foley in to work on keeping the ball better and that has taken time to bed in.
“We could dog it out and just survive or we could dog it out and be relegated, but we have tried to improve the squad as footballers.
“If we stay up we will be better for the experience, and if we don’t we will be stronger in Division One North next season.
“There have been games when we have not been good enough, but you learn from those experiences, and I fully believe in the changes we have made, in the way we play, to be right.”
Two wins and two draws in their last four games have seen Leiston rise to 16th position in the table, seven places and seven points off the bottom.