Jason eyes one more Portman Road chance

JASON Dozzell says that he is considering spending the next month in the gym in a bid to appear one more time at Portman Road.The Leiston manager oversaw his side beat Newmarket Town on Wednesday in the semi-final of the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup.

By Elvin King

JASON Dozzell says that he is considering spending the next month in the gym in a bid to appear one more time at Portman Road.

The Leiston manager oversaw his side beat Newmarket Town on Wednesday in the semi-final of the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup.

And the former Ipswich Town star was not all tongue in cheek when he said today: “It is really exciting and I would love to be involved.

“It might be just for a few minutes at the end.

“But I will have to lose two stone and work hard in the gym - and it might not go down well with the lads who have won us a final place.”

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Dozzell, 39, played regularly when player manager of Ipswich Wanderers last season, but he has not pulled on a shirt this term.

He played for Ipswich for nine seasons and made almost 400 appearances in two spells, making his debut as a record-breaking 16-year-old.

He was still at Chantry School and at 57 days into his 17th year was the youngest First Division starter and scorer - finding the net against Coventry.

“It would be easy for me to tell my players just to go out and enjoy the occasion,” added Dozzell. “But we want more than that and will be looking for a win.

“We have nothing to lose.”

Dozzell is already committed to managing Leiston next season when he will be aiming to lift the club up the football pyramid.

“We have applied to leave the Ridgeons League this season. I have not given up hope, but it will be a big ask to finish in the top two.

“Next season we will be really going for it. Leiston has it right off the field - and this makes it easier to get things right on the pitch.”

Leiston, who lost 3-2 after extra time in last season's Premier Cup final at Portman Road to Lowestoft Town, have four players with Ipswich Town connections.

Gerard Nash's promising Town career was ended by a knee injury, while Liam Manning, Stuart Boardley and Blair Hammond all have youth experience at Portman Road.

The final takes placed on Tuesday, April 17 when Ipswich will field their recognised second team.

Leiston play at Needham Market tomorrow and a win will put them one point behind their third-placed opponents with two games in hand.

Mildenhall and Wroxham have opened up a big gap at the top, and the former are at Woodbridge Town where Joe Francis and company are quite capable of springing an upset.

In the First Division, Debenham Leisure Centre can do their hopes of promotion a power of good with a win at bottom club Godmanchester.

If Haughley are going to keep tabs on Metaltec SIL leaders Grundisburgh they must beat Leiston St Margarets at home. Suffolk Senior Cup finalists Grundisburgh are at home to Felixstowe United.

Brantham's hopes of a move up to the Ridgeons League will take a knock if they fail to beat Melton St Audry's.

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