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Matt Blake is back on the goal trail as Leiston now gear up for the FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 09:57 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:03 14 September 2017

Matt Blake, back on the scoring trail.

Matt Blake, back on the scoring trail.

© Copyright Stephen Waller

Leiston played host to Thurrock last Saturday in the Bostik Premier League and came out 3-1 winners.

Leiston played host to Thurrock last Saturday in the Bostik Premier League and came out 3-1 winners.

Matt Blake, who had not scored all season before this game, finally found the back of the net after getting in behind the away defence and finishing well past away custodian Jake Jessop. Leiston would double their lead minutes later when Thurrock were aggrieved at a penalty decision and Jack Ainsley stepped up to make no mistake from the spot. One minute before half time, Reece Morgan halved the deficit for Thurrock. Leiston would get an early goal to kill the game off in the second period, with Matt Blake getting his second with an identical goal to his first. The game was quite even after that but Leiston held out for yet another win. On Tuesday, Harlow Town made the trip to Victory Road. In a game where both sides will feel they could have won it, a draw was probably a fair result. Marcus Garnham was on hand to make some good saves, like he was on Saturday too it must be said, and was selected the MOTM in both matches.

On Saturday, Leiston host Crowborough Athletic in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round, before travelling to Maldon & Tiptree in the Velocity League Cup First Round on Tuesday evening. If there is a draw Saturday there will be no game at Maldon on Tuesday as the replay will be at Maidstone United’s ground on Thursday.

The reserves went down 4-2 to Braintree Town Reserves on Saturday with Adam Blades bagging his fourth of the season for the reserves. A Braintree Town player was unfortunate to net another Leiston goal. There is no match Saturday for the reserves.

The U18’s won yet again, this time in the FA Youth Cup last Thursday. After a goalless first half in which Whitton were the superior side, Leiston opened their account on the night through Toby Chenery (his fourth goal in two games) and Ben Snowling’s thunderbolt from 25 yards sealed it late on. Charlie Beckwith was MOTM in the Leiston goal. Next Wednesday Mildenhall Town visit in the FA Youth Cup.

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