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1st Team - Match centre

Staines Town
Leiston
Full time
J Ainsley (2' Pen), D Mills (16'), J Reed (66'), P Brothers (82')
Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 274

Staines Town 1 Blues 4

Terrific away win for the Blues

Leiston maintained their recent good form with an emphatic victory at fellow play off chasing Staines Town. The Suffolk side recorded a fourth straight win and extended their run to seven games unbeaten with a second successive win in Middlesex.

With Kyle Hammond unavailable Joe Marsden returned to the starting line-up and he had a hand in a sensational start for the visitors. There was less than a minute on the clock when a neat passing exchange from the Blues ended with Jake Reed being felled inside the box. Leading scorer Jack Ainsley confidently dispatched his thirteenth League goal of the season into the bottom left hand corner. It was a fantastic start for the visitors and their confidence over the last few weeks was clearly visible. The hosts, as expected, responded well and leading scorer Buchanan saw a close range snap shot thwarted by the left leg of Marcus Garnham and then the Blues stopper was well placed to collect a shot from Worsfold. With sixteen minutes played the Blues added a second and it was a strike of real quality from Darren Mills. Staines skipper Brewer’s clearance near the corner flag fell to Mills in a central position who took a touch before unleashing a terrific drive from twenty odd yards that flew beyond Hudnott and nestled in the left hand corner via the right hand upright. An outstanding strike and a third goal for Darren Mills in just seven starts. Again Staines responded well to the latest setback but found Marcus Garnham in inspired form. As Leiston menacingly attacked on every occasion the game was played like a cup tie with chances at both ends. With just four minutes to the interval Driver opened the scoring for the hosts after some neat footwork, dragging the ball back from lunge of Jack Ainsley he then smashed a ten yard strike beyond the previous unpassable Marcus Garnham.

Staines, boosted by the late goal of the first half, returned on the offensive and Miller-Rodney twice forced Marcus Garnham into stops while another right wing centre flashed across the goalmouth with no home player unable to get a telling touch. The third goal of the game was always going to be important and it went to the visitors thanks to an opportunist strike from Jake Reed. Chris Henderson’s searching high ball from halfway sent Jake Reed scampering down the right flank and get goal side of Brewer. He then skipped beyond Brewer’s challenge and when losing his balance he prodded his shot through the legs of Hudnott from close range for his fourth goal for the Blues and eighteenth for the season. The goal deflated the home side and with eight minutes remaining Glen Driver’s side added a fourth. Substitutes Dominic Docherty and Patrick Brothers were involved in the build up and set up Chris Henderson, denied minutes earlier by a fine save from Hudinott, whose shot from the edge of the box was parried again by Hudnott, but Patrick Brothers reacted the quickest to slide an effort back across the Staines keeper and into the opposite corner. A terrific away win for the Blues as they move up to sixth and outside the play off’s only on goal difference with just seven games to play.

FT - Staines Town 1 Blues 4

Staines Town - Hudnott, Webb, Miller-Rodney, Solomon (B Brown 81 mins), Udoji (Martin 61 mins), Brewer, Driver, Ahmidi, Buchanan, Bettamer (Hippolyte 69 mins), Worsfold. Subs not used - D Brown and Nembhard.

Blues - Garnham, Marsden, Dunbar, Ainsley, Jefford, Bullard, Lawrence, Henderson, Reed (Knights 88 mins), Mills (Brothers 61 mins), Finch (Docherty 60 mins).

Man of the Match - Jake Reed

Attendance - 274

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Jake Reed

Player of the Match

Jake Reed

Key moments

2:00
Scored Penalty Jack Ainsley scores a penalty for Leiston
16:00
Goal Darren Mills scores for Leiston
66:00
Goal Jake Reed scores for Leiston
82:00
Goal Patrick Brothers scores for Leiston

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jake Reed is awarded player of the match for Leiston
88:00 Sub On
Harry Knights is substituted on for Leiston
88:00 Sub Off
Jake Reed is substituted off for Leiston
82:00 Assist
Chris Henderson makes an assist for Leiston
82:00 Goal 0 - 4
Patrick Brothers scores for Leiston
76:00 Yellow Card
Joe Marsden is yellow carded for Leiston
66:00 Assist
Chris Henderson makes an assist for Leiston
66:00 Goal 0 - 3
Jake Reed scores for Leiston
61:00 Sub Off
Darren Mills is substituted off for Leiston
61:00 Sub On
Patrick Brothers is substituted on for Leiston
60:00 Sub On
Dominic Docherty is substituted on for Leiston
60:00 Sub Off
Christy Finch is substituted off for Leiston
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Christy Finch is yellow carded for Leiston
40:00 Yellow Card
Darren Mills is yellow carded for Leiston
16:00 Goal 0 - 2
Darren Mills scores for Leiston
2:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Jack Ainsley scores a penalty for Leiston
2:00 Assist
Jake Reed makes an assist for Leiston
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As it happened

  • Staines Town
  • Leiston
  • 0
  • Jack Ainsley Scored Penalty 2:00'
  • Jake Reed Assist 2:00'
  • Darren Mills Goal 16:00'
  • Darren Mills Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Christy Finch Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Dominic Docherty Sub On 60:00'
  • Christy Finch Sub Off 60:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Sub On 61:00'
  • Darren Mills Sub Off 61:00'
  • Jake Reed Goal 66:00'
  • Chris Henderson Assist 66:00'
  • Joe Marsden Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Goal 82:00'
  • Chris Henderson Assist 82:00'
  • Harry Knights Sub On 88:00'
  • Jake Reed Sub Off 88:00'

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League table

# 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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