Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-final
Blues v Lowestoft Town
Wednesday 13th February
Kick Off 7.45pm
LTAA, Victory Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4DQ
Tel: - 01728 830308
Students (with ID) £6
Under 16’s £2
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Car Parking (free of charge)
Main Car Park
Large bars, internal and external catering facilities with hot and cold food available
Leiston host Lowestoft Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-final tomorrow night at Victory Road.
It will be 18 days since Stuart Boardley’s team took to the field on Wednesday, with the last match coming against Hitchin Town on the last Saturday in January. The Blues remain 10th in the league standings, ten points above Lowestoft in 19th but having played two league matches less. Seb Dunbar is eligible to play in the match however Harry Knights is still suspended for the tie. Lowestoft are 5 league matches unbeaten coming into the game which has helped them move out of the relegation positions.
The sides have met twice already this season. They met in early November in the League Cup as a Ben Fowkes 83rd minute goal gave Lowestoft the win. (Lowestoft were defeated in the competition by Royston Town last week on penalties after the match finished 4-4 in normal time in the League Cup). On New Years Day in the league, Shaun Bammant put Lowestoft ahead halfway through the first half but a late goal in the first period by Jake Reed got Leiston back on level terms. Matt Blake scored after the break to give Leiston a 2-1 win.
Leiston haven’t beaten Lowestoft at Victory Road since a 3-1 win on January 3rd 2009, when goals from Chris Sillett, current manager Stuart Boardley and Lee McGlone helped the Blues to a 3-1 home win in front of 631 supporters. Since then, the teams drew 0-0 in March 2013, Lowestoft won 1-0 in December 2013, while Jamie Godbold’s team won 2-1 in April 2017, with Connor Hubble netting Leiston’s goal. Last season, in December 2017, Lowestoft won 1-0. (All matches were league games).
In terms of the Suffolk Premier Cup, Leiston lost their first ever final in the competition to Lowestoft in May 2006 3-2 at Portman Road after extra time, with Lee McGlone and Glen Driver netting the Blues’ goals. The teams next meeting came in March 2008, when a Luke Eagle goal in the dying moments saw Leiston to a 1-0 win at Woodbridge Town in the semi-final that year. In October 2010 Lowestoft won 2-0 at Victory Road. In March 2016, Lowestoft beat Leiston 1-0 at Kirkley & Pakefield’s Walmer Road in the semi-finals while a year later Leiston lost 3-1 at Portman Road in the final again to Lowestoft, with Tom Bullard on target for Leiston.
Before the match, both teams will observe a minute’s silence in memory of 20 year old Leon Clark who sadly passed away last week at the LTAA. Everyone’s thoughts at Leiston FC and the LTAA are currently with the friends and family of Leon at this hard time.