Thamesmead Town 2 Leiston 4
New Manager Steve Ball celebrated his first 'official' game in charge with a fine win at Thamesmead. Goals from Leon Ottley-Gooch (2) and Rhys Henry saw the side race into a three goal lead before the hosts pulled one back. Gareth Heath added a fourth just after the hour before a late second goal from the hosts completed the scoring. Colchester United loanees Nnamdi Nwachuku and Jack Simmons both made their debuts from the bench.
Attentions now turn to Tuesday's important home game against high flying Bognor Regis Town.
Thanks to Dave Wolloff for the match report.
The Blues are pleased to announce the loan signings of 19 year old duo Nnamdi Nwachuku and Jack Simmons from League One Colchester United. Both players will be at Victory Road for a month and will be included in the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Thamesmead. Nnamdi is an all action striker and was part of the U’s successful U18 squad last season. Jack is predominantly a left sided player and was previously with Ipswich Town.
Our thanks to Colchester United for their assistance with the loan deals.
Leiston Football Club are delighted to announce this morning a new Management team, with Steve Ball as the new First Team Manager.
Ball (44) the former Colchester United midfielder who made almost 70 appearances for the Essex side was brought to Leiston three seasons ago by former boss Mark Morsley before leaving in May 2012 to take up a job with Colchester United's academy. However, he is back again now and will be assisted by former Stanway Rovers Manager Rob Bate, with Adam Tann coming in as Player Coach.
"Its been a turbulent few seasons at Leiston and I must admit when I left 18 months ago to go to Colchester United academy I didn't expect to return, " Ball said. "Its an exciting challenge though and one all three of us are very much looking forward to".
Steve has agreed a two and a half year deal with the club and everyone at Victory Road wishes Steve, Rob and Adam the very best of luck.
More to follow.
Robert Dyas (Ryman) League Cup Fourth Round
AFC Sudbury 2 Leiston 2
(AFC Sudbury win 3-1 on penalties)
The Blues crashed out of the Robert Dyas League Cup after AFC Sudbury keeper Alex Archer saved three penalties in the shoot-out. In the regulated ninety minutes Mark Ray had twice brought Leiston level but the visitors, with seven changes made from Saturday's side, exited after a dramatic shoot-out.
Grays Athletic 10 Leiston 0
The U21's were well beaten on their travels as they shipped ten unanswered goals at Grays Athletic.