Leiston manager Mark Morsley relishing trip

11:00 26 January 2013


Leiston's Patrick Brothers, right, is expected to be fit to return for Leiston at Hampton & Richmond Borough this afternoon

LEISTON manager Mark Morsley is relishing today’s Ryman League Premier Division trip to Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The Suffolk side have faced today’s 10th-placed opponents three times already this season, but have yet to come out on top.

The match definitely goes ahead - one of only a few fixtures involving Suffolk and Essex sides to beat the weather.

Morsley said: “We have had three tremendous games against them. We were 2-0 up at home with two minutes to play before drawing 2-2 when we were starting to turn our season around in October.

“Their manager said to me after that game that he thought we were in a false position in the table back then.

“Then we drew with them at home in the FA Trophy and lost there in the replay in another very good game.

“They have lost their way a little bit, and have made some changes to their squad, with players going out and others coming in.

“But they are a good side who play good football. They have a lovely pitch and a good stadium which generates a good atmosphere.”

Leiston, who dropped a place to 15th in the table as a result of Cray Wanderers’ 1-1 draw at Hastings United on Tuesday, have almost a full-strength squad to choose from.

Stuart Boardley, who has been playing at centre back during Leiston’s nine-match undefeated league run, serves a one-match suspension after picking up five bookings, but would have been ruled out anyway by a rib injury.

The only other anticipated absentee will be Michael Brothers, who is serving the last of the three-match ban following his straight red card in the 3-3 draw at Bury Town just before Christmas.

Midfield trio Patrick Brothers, Leon Ottley-Gooch and George Wilson have all recovered from injuries and should be in the squad that travels to London.

Goalkeeper Dan Heath will make his debut following his two-month loan switch from Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division Hadleigh United.


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