Stourbidge 4-0 Leiston - Match Report
By Craig Cooper
Blues go down to the 'Glassboys' in the West Midlands
Leiston lost on their first ever trip to the War Memorial Athletic Ground to lose their 11th league match of the season as second place Stourbridge won 4-0 to stay second in the league table. The Blues started the match with George Keys suspended, Patrick Brothers still injured and Byron Lawrence unavailable, but welcomed back Seb Dunbar and Tom Bullard into the starting eleven.
The defeat leaves Leiston 13th in the league standings, albeit with games in hand on all the teams around them. Stourbridge meanwhile are still eight points off league leaders Kettering Town and have also played two more matches.
The first half was a scrappy affair and the Suffolk side enjoyed plenty of early possession. Matt Blake and Noel Aitkens had chances for the Blues, while at the other end, Luke Benbow was off target with two attempts. Aaron Forde's mazy run forced Marcus Garnham into a decent stop before Brad Birch headed wide.
At half time, Matt Blake was substituted for Will Davies, and it was Davies who had the first chance of the half but he couldn't convert past James Wren. The hosts took the lead when Benbow superbly struck a free kick into Garnham's bottom left hand corner. A couple of minutes later, and Benbow doubled the 'Glassboys' lead. Seb Dunbar was to have adjudged to handle the ball in the box and Benbow tucked home the spot kick. Benbow's hat-trick was complete when he skipped past two Leiston defenders to add the third goal. Kyle Hammond went close to scoring a consolation goal for the visitors but the home side added a fourth when Joe Jefford brought down Brad Birch, receiving a second yellow card in the process, and Greg Mills slotted home the free kick.
The Blues now head to Biggleswade Town on Tuesday evening in their next league match.
FT: - Stourbridge 4-0 Leiston.
Stourbridge: - Wren, Westlake (Christophorou 25 mins), Brown, McCone, Pierpoint, Forde (Broadhurst 84 mins), Powell, Birch, Benbow (Anderson 74 mins), Forsyth, Mills. Subs not used: - Hayden, Maher.
Leiston: - Garnham, Hammond (Groom 84 mins), Dunbar, Aitkens, Jefford, Bullard, Eagle, Rutterford, Docherty (Bacon 74 mins), Blake (Davies 45 mins), Finch. Subs not used: - Knights, Boardley.
Man Of The Match: - Robert Eagle.
Attendance: - 613.