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Sunday, September 17, 2017

A round-up of the FA Cup ties from the Suffolk area.

Leiston won’t be under-estimating their lower-league opposition when Crowborough Athletic, from the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, visit Victory Road in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tomorrow.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver says the Blues’ footballing philosophy is the big draw for players that join the Bostik Premier Division club.

SIL Senior Division new-boys Benhall St Mary have signed former Ipswich Town youngster Tom Winter to try and plug the gap left by last season’s top scorer, Kelsey Trotter.

Leiston boss Glenn Driver says his friendship with Byron Lawrence helped convince the Billericay Town midfielder to return to Victory Road on a season-long loan.

Against the perhaps nostalgic backdrop of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, captain James Mayhew led Framlingham Town FC onto the lush-green pitch and into the record books.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver believes Kyle Hammond would be challenging for a place at Ipswich Town, and not plying his trade in the Bostik Premier, had he not been hit by injuries.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver admitted his decision to release Gareth Heath was not taken lightly, but says his new signing, Chris Henderson, can have just as big an impact at Victory Road.

Leiston are ready to offer star striker Matt Blake a new two-year contract, should the free-scoring striker not leave Victory Road this summer.

Leiston boss Glenn Driver has hailed new signing Chris Henderson as “one of the best all-round players in the division” as the Suffolk side continue to strengthen for next season.

Thurlow Nunn clubs are starting to return to pre-season training but at many, recruitment has been underway for a number of weeks. Chris Brammer looks at the movers and shakers so far in East Anglia

New Needham Market captain Gareth Heath admitted he wasn’t expecting to be released by Suffolk rivals Leiston.

Needham Market manager Richard Wilkins says Gareth Heath is perfect captain material, after the veteran midfielder was handed the armband at Bloomfields.

Danny Potter believes he has a lot to offer AFC Sudbury after being appointed first-team goalkeeping coach at the Wardale Williams Stadium.

Rob Eagle will fulfil one of his footballing ambitions next season when he pulls on the blue shirt of Leiston.

New Leiston goalkeeper Marcus Garnham wants to help the Blues reach the Isthmian Premier Division play-offs.

Leiston have released long-serving midfielder Gareth Heath.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver is expecting latest signing Dominic Docherty to cause a stir at Victory Road next season.

Isthmian Premier Leiston are set to complete the signing of AFC Sudbury midfielder Rob Eagle on a two-year deal.

New Leiston signing Kyle Hammond wants to pick up where he left off at Maldon & Tiptree, after joining Glenn Driver’s Blues on a two-year contract.

New Leiston signing Kyle Hammond has arrived at Victory with a glowing reference, after completing his move from Maldon & Tiptree.

Felixstowe & Walton United have signed Leiston winger Joe Francis, after the former Corby Town man left Victory Road earlier this month.

Leiston striker Matt Blake wants to fulfil his dream of playing Conference football, but insists he’ll be in a ‘win-win situation’ should he remain with the Blues.

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