LEISTON Manager Glenn Driver has conceded his side will have to improve defensively if they are to avoid exiting the Omni Freight Services Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday evening.
Driver (pictured above left with assistant Tony Kinsella) pulled no punches about his side’s defending following their 3-2 defeat at home to Worthing in the Bostik League Premier Division on Saturday.
The Blues suffered a third consecutive reverse at Victory Road after what Driver described as ‘laughable’ defending for all three of the visitors’ goals.
“If we defend like that it will be a cricket score,” Driver told BBC Radio Suffolk as he looked ahead to Tuesday’s quarter-final tie at home to Ipswich Town.
Although Ipswich Town, who are fielding an Academy side in this season’s competition, were drawn out of the hat first, the club have conceded home advantage for the tie, kick-off 7.45pm.
The two teams met at the same stage of last season’s competition, with Leiston winning 6-3 to reach the semi-finals, where they lost 4-2 on penalties to Needham Market following a 4-4 draw.
The previous season Leiston defeated Ipswich Town’s youngsters 6-2 in the second round, before eventually losing 3-1 to Lowestoft Town in the final, so will be bidding to record a hat-trick of successes against the same opponents.
The match is taking place a week earlier than the three other scheduled quarter-final ties as Leiston have a league fixture away to Hendon next Tuesday.
The other ties see Brantham Athletic host Bury Town, Haverhill Rovers entertain Kirkley & Pakefield and holders Needham Market host high-flying Felixstowe & Walton United.