Leiston preview

Simon Lane's frustrated outfit will welcome Leiston to the Harry Abrahams Stadium on Tuesday evening, in the hope of bouncing back from their surprising setback against Farnborough. Likewise, the visitors will be looking to get back to winning ways, after seeing their FA Trophy Cup hopes fade away at the hands of Ryman Division One South team Corinthian Casuals. Richard Wilkins' side find themselves in second position with two games in hand on 36 points, knowing that a win in North Finchley could see them go level with Dulwich Hamlet at the top of the table. Leiston are a high scoring unit having accumulated 31 goals, and have scored in all but two fixtures on their travels. With an away record of 3 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses, they will be confident about taking at least something with them back to Suffolk. Having conceded 20 goals, eight on their travels, they do have a strong defensive record. Though notwithstanding, they will be playing a Wingate side who have scored 32 goals in the league, with the Blues forcing the opposition to pick the ball out of their net on 19 occasions at home. The last time these two sides met in North London, Leiston ran out 4-3 victors, and the Blues are yet to reciprocate after consequently suffering a 2-0 defeat at Victory Road. However, personnel and managerial changes have taken place since, thus Lane's side will be hopeful of the result being very different this time round. One player that the visitors will be aware of is Rob Laney, who did well to provide the assist for the Blues' solitary goal at the weekend, and who has found the back of the net recently on four occasions in the same amount of fixtures played. The hosts currently sit in eighth position on 32 points, but have the incentive of knowing that a win could see them climb to as high as third. With a home record of five wins, one draw, and three defeats, the Wingate faithful will be hopeful of seeing their side achieve a third straight victory on home soil. With injuries mounting and not much between the two teams, Lane's side will have to display the same character that has so far seen them keep up with the league's top two front runners. By Khalid Karimullah

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