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Looking Ahead To A Leiston Double This Week

Sunday, 06 January 2019 11:53



So now it is swiftly on to a rarity in Southern League terms – a back to back meeting home and away with the same team.  

The team involved is Leiston and Tuesday will be the first meeting of the two sides since the 11th September 2010 when we travelled to Leiston for a First Round Qualifying FA Cup match that was won by our hosts by three goals to two.   It was an incident packed encounter with Leiston reduced to ten men before the break.   St Neots led twice but the ten men came back to score a late winning goal to proceed in the competition.    Leiston have been part of the Bostik Isthmian League since winning their way up to Step Four via the championship of the Eastern Counties League in the 2010/11 season – one year before we joined the Southern League.   Like us their impetus was maintained to achieve Step Three status just twelve months after their elevation.   At the time these notes were penned, Leiston were eleventh in the table having won nine of their twenty-three completed matches and drawn seven more.   Their away record shows victories at St Ives, Royston and Kettering (the first defeat of the season for the league leaders) so they do appear to travel well this season.   Last season they finished fifth in the Isthmian Premier Division to feature in the play-offs where they lost by a goal to nil to league runners-up Dulwich Hamlet.   In the past twenty years their trophy cabinet has been full, as in quick succession they lifted the Eastern Counties League championship, the Ryman League Division One North title and the East Anglian Cup so success has been a regular feature of their history.    Now in company with two other East Anglian sides who have transferred from the Isthmian Premier League across the pyramid they find themselves travelling westwards for their league programme as opposed to south.




John Walker










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