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Leiston boss Driver: ‘We must cut out silly mistakes’

PUBLISHED: 12:14 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 09 February 2018

Leiston players celebrate their dramatic win over Ipswich Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup. Picture: SUFFOLK FA

Leiston players celebrate their dramatic win over Ipswich Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup. Picture: SUFFOLK FA


Glen Driver’s Leiston team head to Merstham tomorrow looking to ‘cut out silly mistakes’ and turn their recent fortunes around.

Leiston vrs Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday at Victory Road, Leiston. Leiston Manager, Glenn Driver.Leiston vrs Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday at Victory Road, Leiston. Leiston Manager, Glenn Driver.

After last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at home to Worthing, Leiston have slipped down to 10th place with results during the week, leaving them six points off the play-off places, while the Surrey club currently sit 14th in the league.

However, Leiston did gain some confidence on Tuesday evening when they beat a young Ipswich Town side 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the Suffolk Premier Cup.

Chris Henderson and a late Joe Jefford goal were enough to see off Ipswich and send Leiston through.

Boss Driver said during the week: “With 16 league matches to go, every one of them is like a cup final.

“We must compete and take responsibility and cut out the silly mistakes that are costing us week after week.

“The squad must dig in when the going gets tough and we must have to earn the right to win football matches. Defensively we have to be better and also we have to start taking our chances.”

Driver, who helped Leiston achieve promotion from the Thurlow Nunn First Division back in the 2003/2004 season, added: “We were poor against Ipswich in the first half the other night.

“At half time we had a chat and the players responded well and dominated the second half and we could have won by more in the end. “We hope this give us confidence going forward.

In the reverse fixture in December, the Blues beat Merstham 3-1 at Victory Road with goals coming from Christy Finch, Jack Ainsley and Byron Lawrence.

Leiston played Merstham for the first time in August 2015, winning 2-0 and completed a double over them that season. Last season, Merstham got revenge and won both matches.

Meanwhile, Rob Eagle has gone on loan to Lowestoft until the end of the season to get more game time.

Leiston Reserves host Brantham Athletic Reserves in the Suffolk Senior Cup quarter-final this afternoon. The Reserves are looking to reach the semi-finals for the first time ever in the competition.

The match kicks off at the normal time of 3pm.

Delays and cancellations continue on trains going to and from London Liverpool Street after an earlier points failure.

Millions of pounds of cutbacks for council services in Suffolk next year have been revealed – with homes facing further council tax rises for the next three years.

A cyclist was injured in a collision with a car in Ipswich.

The decision on whether to give Stansted Airport the go ahead to raise its passenger numbers by eight million a year has been approved.

Suffolk police is seeking an ‘inspirational’ replacement for its outgoing chief constable.

An academy trust which has come under fire from concerned parents is to relinquish control of two Felixstowe schools amid government pressure.

A man has died following a road traffic collision on the A12 near Darsham.

Delays and cancellations are expected from London Liverpool Street services to East Anglia after a points failure.

A holiday lodge park in Suffolk which opened last year has won a diamond award for its exceptional quality and outstanding customer service.

Ipswich residents are being urged to be vigilant following a distraction burglary in which a purse was stolen from an elderly couple.

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