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Leiston boss hoping week’s rest will have done his squad good

Dominic Docherty about to receive the close attention of Met Police's Ryan James. Docherty is on his way back from injury for Leiston. Picture: JOHN HEALD

Dominic Docherty about to receive the close attention of Met Police's Ryan James. Docherty is on his way back from injury for Leiston. Picture: JOHN HEALD

Leiston boss Glenn Driver admits it’s been nice for him and his players to have a week off.

The Blues have not been in action this midweek after their disappointing defeat to Dorking in the FA Trophy last Saturday.

It has given his players a chance to rest some weary limbs, as well as get a few more players back fit – and Driver is happy about that.

“It has been nice to have a week without a game,” Driver said.

“We’ve had a busy spell and three games a week for the past month. We have had a few injuries and in a squad that isn’t very big, that hasn’t helped us.

“But now the likes of Dominic Docherty and Patrick Brothers are on their way back and we will have a stronger squad.

“As I have said, our younger players have done superb for us, but you need your big players at this level.”

Leiston have only won one league game in their last seven and have slipped down the Bostik Premier table, now sitting just outside the play-offs.

Driver knows the run hasn’t been good enough but is hoping to arrest the slide at bottom club Worthing tomorrow.

The Blues play current second-bottom side Tooting & Mitcham next Saturday at Victory Road.

“We have two games that on paper give us a good chance,” Driver said.

“But Worthing have signed a few players on loan from Brighton and they are on the up. There is no easy game at this level.

“We need our fans to support us. We are a small squad, we need as a club to come together when things aren’t going your way.

“It’s understandable, people get frustrated. When we lost just one of our first 11, everything was rosy. But we are on a tricky run now, but I’m confident we will come through it.”

Also in Bostik Premier tomorrow, Needham Market, fresh from their victory over AFC Sudbury in the Suffolk Premier Cup in midweek, travel to Tonbridge Angels.

Last weekend they disappointingly went out of the FA Trophy to Brentwood – a team a Step below them in the pyramid.

“It is pleasing to win at Sudbury after last Saturday,” Marketmen boss Richard Wilkins said.

“Otherwise you can get in a rut; we have been up and down like a yo-yo this season.”

Needham sit just above the relegation zone in Bostik Premier.

Brightlingsea, who lost to Wingate & Finchley in midweek, entertain Folkestone Invicta, while Lowestoft are at home to Margate.

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