EVO-STIK Southern League Premier Central
Blues v Lowestoft Town
Monday 22nd April
Kick Off 3pm
LTAA, Victory Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4DQ
Tel: - 01728 830308
Students (with ID) £6
Under 16’s £2
Matchday Programme - Viewed Online and can be purchased on the day of the game for £2
Car Parking (free of charge)
Main Car Park and Old Middle School in Waterloo Avenue
Large bars, internal and external catering facilities with hot and cold food available
MATCH AND BALL SPONSORS: - Leiston & District Labour Party.
Another game without a win on Saturday means that the Blues now haven’t won for 9 league matches on the bounce. Lowestoft have pulled cleared of the drop zone and confirmed their safety at the weekend as they defeated Stratford Town 3-2 at Crown Meadow. Jake Reed hit a hat-trick on Saturday which took him to 14 goals in 12 Lowestoft games, and his third goal was indeed his 100th goal for the North Suffolk Club.
Leiston should welcome back Matt Blake and Dominic Docherty to the squad after they missed Saturday’s defeat to Tamworth. The game will be Joe Jefford’s last at Victory Road as he moves on to pastures new at the end of the season. Joe has formed excellent defensive partnerships at the back for Leiston with David Head, Mark Goldfinch and Tom Bullard in his time at the club after arriving in the Summer of 2011. To date he has made 419 club appearances for the Blues, netting 45 times. He will be hoping obviously to add three more caps to his name before bowing out at Portman Road. Seb Dunbar will also be playing his 200th league match if selected. The club will be handing out voting slips for Supporters Player Of The Year during the match once again.
The Trawlerboys have won 4 of their last 6 matches in all competitions. Lowestoft defeated Leiston 1-0 in the League Cup in November thanks to a goal in the 83rd minute from Ben Fowkes. On New Years Day, Leiston beat Lowestoft 2-1. Shaun Bammant put the hosts in front at Crown Meadow but Jake Reed and Matt Blake over turned the home side’s lead with goals either side of the interval as the Blues came away with the points. In February, Leiston beat Lowestoft 3-2 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 after extra time in the Suffolk Premier Cup.
Leiston haven’t beaten Lowestoft at home in the league since they won 3-1 in January 2009. After going a goal behind, Leiston scored through Chris Sillett, Stuart Boardley and Lee McGlone. Since then Lowestoft have won 3 of the 4 league meetings at Victory Road, with Leiston last getting a point at home against Lowestoft in March 2013 as the match ended 0-0.
Updated 23:55 - 21 Apr 2019 by Craig Cooper