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Tue 26 Dec 13:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 511

Blues 0 Lowestoft Town 1

Blues slip to a disappointing Suffolk Derby defeat

In front of their biggest home attendance of the season, the Blues suffered their second defeat in three days as Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town left Victory Road with all the points in a MATCH SPONSORED BY EDF ENERGY SZC. The Blues shaded possession and chances but they were unable to break down a resilient visitors defence who defended an early lead via an unfortunate own goal from the Blues Seb Dunbar as Leiston's poor home record against Lowestoft Town continues. Glen Driver brought back Tom Bullard, Curtis Haynes-Brown and Seb Dunbar into the starting XI, while Matt Blake and Kyle Hammond dropped to the bench and Harry Knights dropped out of the 16 man squad.

Leiston had an early chance from a corner as away keeper Ben Dudzinski could only palm away as far as Curtis Haynes-Brown but he couldn’t turn in the rebound. Lowestoft took the lead in the 7th minute when a bad back pass from Seb Dunbar was met by Marcus Garnham block tackling Jake Reed but the ball unfortunately cannoned off the advancing Seb Dunbar and trickle into the net. Leiston had another good move which ended with Chris Henderson gliding into the penalty area and he struck an effort that Ben Dudzinski pushed out as far as Jack Ainsley, who rounded the keeper but smashed his strike over the bar from twelve yards. A mix up between Tom Bullard and Marcus Garnham enabled visiting striker Jake Reed to lob the home keeper but his attempt went wide of the right hand post. Reed had another chance moments later when he went rounded Marcus Garnham but the Leiston keeper got back to claw the ball round for a corner. Shaun Bammant had a free header that Marcus Garnham easily dealt with and left back Harry Barker cut in down the left hand side but Garnham was equal to his drive and touched the ball around his right hand upright. Joe Marsden saw a stinging effort that Dudzinski caught and the keeper also claimed well from a corner moments later from the former Lowestoft man. In the final action of the half Seb Dunbar cleared off the line and stopped Lowestoft from going further in the lead as the Blues ended a frustrating half.

In the first thirty seconds of the second period Chris Henderson had an excellent chance from close range but Ben Dudzinski saved with his legs. A couple of minutes later Tom Bullard fired over the bar after Dudzinski had dropped a cross from a corner. Leiston had their third successive decent opportunity in quick succession but Christy Finch shot just off target from Seb Dunbar’s delivery. Leiston brought on Matt Blake in search of a goal and after Leiston had a few half chances that went begging, Chris Henderson’s through ball sent Matt Blake away who took it round Dudzinski but blasted into the side netting. Dudzinski dropped a cross late on and the ball bounced off him but was cleared off the line by a Lowestoft defender. Nico Cotton had the North Suffolk side’s first real sight of goal in the second half in the second minute of stoppages, however he blazed over the top. It didn’t matter because Lowestoft would hold on to take all three points back to the Amber Dew Stadium.

FT - Blues 0 Lowestoft Town 1

Blues - Garnham, Marsden, Dunbar, Haynes-Brown (Blake 71 mins), Bullard (Hammond 86 mins), Jefford, Lawrence, Henderson, Ainsley, Finch, Brothers (Docherty 78 mins). Subs not used - Trotter and Eagle.

Lowestoft Town - Dudzinski, Humphrey, Barker, Fisk, McAuley, Cole, Cotton, Jarvis, Reed, Foy, Bammant (Zielonka 64 mins). Subs not used - Hodd, Smith, Nyadzayo and Putnins.

Match Sponsors EDF ENERGY SZC Man of the Match - Joe Marsden

Attendance - 511

Joe Marsden

Player of the Match

Joe Marsden


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90:00 Player of the Match
Joe Marsden is awarded player of the match for Leiston
86:00 Sub On
Kyle Hammond is substituted on for Leiston
86:00 Sub Off
Tom Bullard is substituted off for Leiston
84:00 Yellow Card
Byron Lawrence is yellow carded for Leiston
78:00 Sub On
Dominic Docherty is substituted on for Leiston
78:00 Sub Off
Patrick Brothers is substituted off for Leiston
72:00 Yellow Card
Jack Ainsley is yellow carded for Leiston
71:00 Sub On
Matt Blake is substituted on for Leiston
71:00 Sub Off
Curtis Haynes-Brown is substituted off for Leiston
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Curtis Haynes-Brown is yellow carded for Leiston
20:00 Yellow Card
Christy Finch is yellow carded for Leiston
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As it happened

  • Leiston
  • Lowestoft Town
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  • Christy Finch Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Curtis Haynes-Brown Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Matt Blake Sub On 71:00'
  • Curtis Haynes-Brown Sub Off 71:00'
  • Jack Ainsley Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Dominic Docherty Sub On 78:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Sub Off 78:00'
  • Byron Lawrence Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Kyle Hammond Sub On 86:00'
  • Tom Bullard Sub Off 86:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Billericay Town 46 99
2. Dulwich Hamlet 46 95
3. Hendon 46 85
4. Folkestone Invicta 46 85
5. Leiston 46 79
6. Leatherhead 46 79
7. Margate 46 77

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