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Leiston will be fully prepared for cup-tie

LEISTON will be fully prepared for their Suffolk Premier Cup Semi-final on Tuesday.

LEISTON will be fully prepared for their Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup Semi-final versus Felixstowe & Walton United.

Joint manager Chris Wigger said it is a game they are taking very seriously as they strive to reach the final for the second time in three seasons.

Tuesday night’s tie, which kicks-off at 7.45pm at Humber Doucy Lane, home of Ipswich Wanderers FC, is Leiston’s only opportunity to win silverware in what has been a transitional season.



Wigger, who is joint manager with Darren Eadie, said: “It is an opportunity to move closer to winning some silverware, which is something any team would want to be striving for.

“We lost to Needham Market in the final on penalties two years ago and also went out to them in the semi-final last season when Rossi Jarvis dislocated his shoulder.

“That injury has kept him out for most of the season and he has just had to have it pinned.

After losing six players from last season’s squad that finished third in Pitching-In Southern League Premier Central before losing in the play-offs, Leiston have had to contend with several long-term injuries this time around.

“We were never going to replicate last season’s excellent form and have another top-three finish after losing six players in the summer, so it has been a re-build for us this season.

“But this is another semi-final and an opportunity to reach the final, so the match is something we are looking forward to.

“We are waiting on two reports on Felixstowe. We know some of their players already, but it is a game we are taking very seriously and so are making sure we fully prepared,” said Wigger.

After a slow start to the season, Leiston have climbed the table to currently sit in tenth place, although they lost 1-0 at home to Stourbridge on Saturday.

The visitors ended with nine men after having a player sent off and another leaving the field injured having used all their substitutes.

Wigger reflected: “We could have played for another two hours and still not scored! They parked the bus with nine men and played very deep and narrow.

“They were even more dogged than they had been with 11 men on the pitch and they defended very well.”



Leiston will have striker Jamar Loza, who was suspended on Saturday, available to lead their attack.

However, Michael Lavin, who joined on loan from Ipswich Town in January, is cup-tied and Eddie Jackson is unavailable as he is sitting a university exam in Southampton.

Leiston (blue & white striped shirts) are pictured on the attack in their 2-2 draw at home to Alvechurch (green shirts) last month.

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