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1st Team - Match centre

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B Lawrence (10'), T Bullard (24'), M Blake (90')
Sat 21 Jan 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 823

Worthing 1 Blues 3

Fifth straight win for the Blues at inform Rebels

Leiston made it five wins from their last five games in the new year on Saturday after claiming a 3-1 victory away at Worthing. Glenn Driver named an unchanged side after the same eleven recorded a convincing victory over Canvey Island on Tuesday writes Ollie Fairs.

The first chance of the match went the way of Leiston when Gareth Heath had a long range free kick tipped onto the post and out for a corner. Leiston opened the scoring in the 10th minute after the resulting corner was flicked on at the near post and bounce up at the feet of Byron Lawrence who drove his half volley through a crowd of bodies and into the back of the net. The Blues doubled their lead in the 24th minute which came from a corner much like the first but this time was headed by captain Tom Bullard. There was a moment pause as the Referee decided whether the ball had crossed the line or not, but the celebrations soon began as he pointed to the centre circle and gave the goal.

Early in the second half Leiston had another great opportunity to further their lead when Matt Blake got on the end of a Patrick Brothers cross, but he couldn’t keep his header down and it rattled against the crossbar. There were positive signs from Worthing in the first half and even more so in the second as they constantly found themselves in good positions but lacked the quality needed in the final third Worthing found that bit of quality in the 78th minute when a ball in the Leiston area was not cleared properly and allowed Sam Rents to lob the ball into the far corner to cut Leiston’s lead to just one. Worthing pressed hard looking for another goal in the final few minutes but were denied time and time again whether it was brave goalkeeping or a heroic block that kept them out. The home side had several great chances, the highlight of which being when a long ball in behind was not dealt with by the Leiston defence and allowed a Worthing player to run onto the ball in the box but he couldn’t direct his header on target. The game also had its fair share of controversy after Seb Dunbar and Will Hendon had a confrontation which saw them both lucky to not have received a card from the referee. Worthing also had two penalty appeals turned down by Referee Leigh Crowhurst which clearly upset the home fans as they thought their team should have been back in the game. Leiston sealed the game deep into injury time when Byron Lawrence won the ball and cleared it long to Matt Blake who was completely free before accurately sliding the ball under the keeper to see his side walk away 3-1 victors.

FT - Worthing 1 Blues 3

Worthing - Fagan, Hendon (Watson 90 mins), Rents, Wills, Boiling, Heath, Dawes, Edwards (O'Neill 61 mins), Bugiel, Hopkinson (Brodie 45 mins), Sparks. Sub not used - Denyer-Schneider.

Blues - Jacob Marsden, Brown, Dunbar, Ainsley (Joe Marsden 83 mins), Hutchings, Bullard, Lawrence, Heath, Blake, Muir-Merchant (Cole 77 mins), Brothers (Francis 63 mins). Subs not used - Jefford and Lay-Fulcher.

Man of the Match - Jake Hutchings

Attendance - 823

Jake Hutchings

Player of the Match

Jake Hutchings

Key moments

Goal Byron Lawrence scores for Leiston
Goal Tom Bullard scores for Leiston
Goal Matt Blake scores for Leiston


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90:00 Assist
Sebastian Dunbar makes an assist for Leiston
90:00 Goal 0 - 3
Matt Blake scores for Leiston
89:00 Player of the Match
Jake Hutchings is awarded player of the match for Leiston
83:00 Sub On
Joe Marsden is substituted on for Leiston
83:00 Sub Off
Jack Ainsley is substituted off for Leiston
77:00 Sub On
Adeyinka Cole is substituted on for Leiston
77:00 Sub Off
Niko Muir-Merchant is substituted off for Leiston
63:00 Sub On
Joe Francis is substituted on for Leiston
63:00 Sub Off
Patrick Brothers is substituted off for Leiston
End of period 1
24:00 Goal 0 - 2
Tom Bullard scores for Leiston
24:00 Assist
Gareth Heath makes an assist for Leiston
10:00 Goal 0 - 1
Byron Lawrence scores for Leiston
10:00 Assist
Gareth Heath makes an assist for Leiston
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Worthing
  • Leiston
  • 0
  • Byron Lawrence Goal 10:00'
  • Gareth Heath Assist 10:00'
  • Tom Bullard Goal 24:00'
  • Gareth Heath Assist 24:00'
  • Joe Francis Sub On 63:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Sub Off 63:00'
  • Adeyinka Cole Sub On 77:00'
  • Niko Muir-Merchant Sub Off 77:00'
  • Joe Marsden Sub On 83:00'
  • Jack Ainsley Sub Off 83:00'
  • Matt Blake Goal 90:00'
  • Sebastian Dunbar Assist 90:00'

Team selection

Marsden, Jacob Marsden, Jacob
Brown, Oliver Brown, Oliver
Dunbar, Sebastian Dunbar, Sebastian
Lawrence, Byron Lawrence, Byron
Hutchings, Jake Hutchings, Jake
Bullard, Tom Bullard, Tom
Ainsley, Jack Ainsley, Jack
Heath, Gareth Heath, Gareth
Blake, Matt Blake, Matt
Brothers, Patrick Brothers, Patrick
Muir-Merchant, Niko Muir-Merchant, Niko

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Havant & Waterlooville 46 94
2. Bognor Regis Town 46 92
3. Dulwich Hamlet 46 80
4. Enfield Town 46 76
5. Wingate & Finchley 46 75
6. Tonbridge Angels 46 74
7. Leiston 46 73

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