1st Team - Match centre

Leiston
Worthing
C Hubble (12', 70')
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Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 330

Blues 2 Worthing 0

Hubble at the double as Blues move upto third

The Blues walked away from Victory Road with all three points thanks to a Conor Hubble brace against Worthing in a MATCH SPONSORED BY NNB GENCO (SZC) LTD & CEETECH. The midfielder’s goals in both halves capped off a solid Leiston performance and further boosted their playoff hopes writes Ollie Fairs.

There was a very stiff breeze throughout the game and this gave both teams something to think about as the ball was often getting caught by the wind. Leiston had the difficult job of playing in to the wind in the first half, but they appeared to be coping well as they took the lead early on. On 12 minutes a corner was swung in from the left by Gareth Heath and Conor Hubble rose highest of everyone in the area and powered his header past the keeper to give the Blues the lead. Matt Blake had a chance to double this lead less than a minute later when he was played in behind the Worthing defence but his shot across goal just rolled past the post. The wind really was a major factor in this game and changed the way both teams had to play. Leiston struggled to get men in behind as any form of lofted through pass would simply get caught in the wind, making it easy for a Worthing defender to head clear. Worthing weren’t having much luck either as they too struggled to create many clear cut chances. Blues skipper Tom Bullard was making his 100th League appearance for the club and for a moment he thought he had celebrated it with a goal. After another Gareth Heath corner the ball was headed towards the back post where Tom Bullard climbed over his man to head it in, only for the Referee to disallow it for a push on a Worthing defender. Just seconds before the half time whistle Worthing’s Dan Summers was allowed time in the area to bring the ball down and have a shot on goal, however he sliced his effort horribly and put it well past the post.

The wind was on Leiston’s side in the second half and they used it to full effect with several balls in behind that the Worthing defence struggled to deal with. Niko Muir-Merchant found himself on the end of one of these passes and as he looked up he saw the keeper off his line, but his attempted lob was just over hit and sailed over the crossbar. Worthing had a fair share of the ball in the second half but once again failed to create any real chances, Adeyinka Cole in particular did a brilliant job of breaking down Worthing attacks and still being able to get his head up and find a purposeful pass. The second goal of the game came after 70 minutes and it was Conor Hubble who was the scorer once again. He picked up the ball on the edge of the Worthing 18-yard box before dropping his shoulder to send his man the wrong way as he made his way into the box. He then found the yard of space he needed before opening up his body and calmly slotting the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Leiston did not sit back after that as Matt Blake had multiple chances to put the game to bed but a combination of good goalkeeping and uncharacteristic poor finishing from the Blues’ top scorer kept the score at 2-0. Worthing should have had a consolation goal in the final minutes of the game when a mix up in the Leiston defence saw the ball land to the feet on Will Hendon who scuffed his shot wide of the goal from less than 10 yards out.

FT - Blues 2 Worthing 0

Blues - Jones, Brown, Dunbar, Hutchings, Jefford, Bullard, Cole (Pelling 81 mins), Gareth Heath, Blake (Blades 89 mins), Muir-Merchant (Schaar 88 mins), Hubble. Subs not used - Brothers and Beckwith.

Worthing - Thorp, Hendon, Cadman, Wills, Cook, Corey Heath (Williamson 80 mins), Sparks (Edwards 75 mins), O'Neill, Summers (Pope 69 mins), Clark, Rents. Subs not used - Belward and Herbert.

Match Sponsors NNB GENCO (SZC) LTD & CEETECH Man of the Match - Conor Hubble

Attendance - 330

Key moments

12:00
Goal Conor Hubble scores for Leiston
70:00
Goal Conor Hubble scores for Leiston

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Conor Hubble is awarded player of the match for Leiston
89:00 Sub On
Adam Blades is substituted on for Leiston
89:00 Sub Off
Matt Blake is substituted off for Leiston
88:00 Sub On
Armani Schaar is substituted on for Leiston
88:00 Sub Off
Niko Muir-Merchant is substituted off for Leiston
81:00 Sub On
Regan Pelling is substituted on for Leiston
81:00 Sub Off
Adeyinka Cole is substituted off for Leiston
70:00 Goal 2 - 0
Conor Hubble scores for Leiston
70:00 Assist
Oliver Brown makes an assist for Leiston
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Adeyinka Cole is yellow carded for Leiston
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Conor Hubble scores for Leiston
12:00 Assist
Gareth Heath makes an assist for Leiston
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As it happened

  • Leiston
  • Worthing
  • 0
  • Conor Hubble Goal 12:00'
  • Gareth Heath Assist 12:00'
  • Adeyinka Cole Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Conor Hubble Goal 70:00'
  • Oliver Brown Assist 70:00'
  • Regan Pelling Sub On 81:00'
  • Adeyinka Cole Sub Off 81:00'
  • Armani Schaar Sub On 88:00'
  • Niko Muir-Merchant Sub Off 88:00'
  • Adam Blades Sub On 89:00'
  • Matt Blake Sub Off 89:00'
  • Conor Hubble Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Jones, Ashlee Jones, Ashlee
Hutchings, Jake Hutchings, Jake
Jefford, Joe Jefford, Joe
Bullard, Tom Bullard, Tom
Brown, Oliver Brown, Oliver
Dunbar, Sebastian Dunbar, Sebastian
Cole, Adeyinka Cole, Adeyinka
Hubble, Conor Hubble, Conor
Heath, Gareth Heath, Gareth
Blake, Matt Blake, Matt
Muir-Merchant, Niko Muir-Merchant, Niko

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