Leiston look to get back into the play-off picture with visit from Worthing

02 February, 2018 - 12:45
Leiston boss Glenn Driver, left and coach Tony Kinsella - looking for points against Worthing this weekend.

Leiston boss Glenn Driver, left and coach Tony Kinsella - looking for points against Worthing this weekend.


Glenn Driver's Leiston will look to get their play-off bid nicely back on track tomorrow afternoon when Worthing visit Victory Road, writes Craig Cooper.

Leiston have dropped to ninth place in the table after Wingate & Finchley came back to beat Lowestoft Town 4-3 on Tuesday evening after being 2-0 and 3-1 down.

However, Leiston are still only three points outside the play-offs with 17 league fixtures to play.

“I must admit our draw last week with the Met Police felt like a loss to be honest,” Driver said.

“We totally dominated the second half and we created some very good chances to take all three points.

“Some of the football we played was outstanding.

“But on the plus side it’s another point on the road against our play-off rivals.”

Worthing come to Victory Road this weekend in the bottom four, but it doesn’t tell the story of a remarkable last few months for them, that has seen them drag themselves off the bottom of the Bostik Premier table.

They looked doomed in November, but five wins in their last ten games have given them hopes of survival.

“Worthing get the ball down and play and are a young and athletic side,” Driver said.

“They are in good form. We need to win our home games, we have a tough run of games this month and need to get on a good run. We are at full strength and everyone is raring to go.”

Earlier in the season, Leiston drew 1-1 against Worthing at Woodside Road, with Matt Blake netting the Blues goal.

Last season, Leiston did the double over the Sussex side, winning 3-1 away and 2-0 at home with Conor Hubble netting a double.

After this weekend, the Blues turn their attention to the Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday night when they host Ipswich Town in the quarter-finals at Victory Road.

Leiston will be looking to reach the last four for a seventh season on the trot.

They have only gone on to reach the final once in that time, losing to Lowestoft Town 3-1 in May 2016.

Last season, Leiston lost to Needham Market on penalties after a thrilling 4-4 draw after extra time.

Meanwhile, Leiston Reserves hope to play their first game for two weeks when they travel to fourth-placed Swaffham Town tomorrow afternoon.

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