The reserves welcomed high flying Whitton in their second pre-season friendly. Midway through the first half the blues went 1-0 down when trying to overplay the ball in the middle of the park was capitalised on. 10 mins into the second period Whitton doubled their lead with a well placed free kick. The reserves hit back via a John Saunders penalty kick on 76 mins. FT LFC 1-2 Whitton
Ipswich Wanderers 1 Leiston 8
The Blues scored eight times at Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Ipswich Wanderers as their pre season build up continues to gain momentum. Tom Winter grabbed a hatrick while Gareth Heath hit a brace and their were further goals from Joe Francis, Leon Ottley-Gooch and an own goal.
The Blues will complete their pre season friendlies at home to a Colchester United XI at Victory Road on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.
Lowestoft Town 0 Leiston 2
Leiston produced their best performance of pre season to date with a solid all round display at Conference North Lowestoft Town. The Blues were without the holidaying Danny Gay, Joe Jefford and Blake Saker. Both sides had early chances with Leiston keeper Alex Rossis flying save denying Jefferson Louis before a speedy counter saw Craig Parker fire wide. Leiston went ahead on 14 minutes with Cliff Akurang and Craig Parker combining and Parker's determination to keep possession allowed Joe Francis to fire home. Adam Smith then saw a well hit free kick rattle the Leiston post before the visitors doubled their lead early in the second half. Gareth Heath stroking home a penalty after Cliff Akurang was tripped in the box. The unfortunate Smith saw another free kick hit the woodwork before in the closing stages Lowestoft were awarded a penalty for a foul by Scott Mitchell on Jefferson Louis but the new Lowestoft striker was denied from the spot by a fine save to his right by Alex Rossis.
Blues line up – Rossis, Mitchell, Boardley, Ottley-Gooch (Winter), Tann, Bullard, M Brothers, Heath, Akurang, Parker, Francis. Subs not used – P Brothers, Horner, Levett and Noy.
Leiston now travel to Ipswich Wanderers on Tuesday for their next warm up game.
Leiston Football Club is delighted to announce a sponsorship extension with current kit sponsors Red 7 Marine for a further two years. Red 7 Marine are a leading provider of offshore oil and gas services, Marine renewables, jack-up barge and diving support services to the Marine construction industry and are pleased to be working in partnership on Magnox Nuclear Power Stations around the country including Bradwell and Oldbury. Red 7 Marine have been providing the Blues main kit sponsorship for the past two seasons and have now agreed to an additional two year deal. Red 7 Marine Managing Director Nick Offord said, “We are absolutely delighted to continue our support of a great forward thinking Non League club who have continued to advertise our services both locally and nationally. The coverage afforded to Red 7 Marine in the media especially locally has been overwhelming and the board of directors have been delighted with Leiston Football Club’s press and media services so we are extremely happy to continue the very strong partnership.”
The club really appreciates Red 7 Marine’s continued support and looks forward to continuing the excellent relationship along with continued success for both parties.
Brantham Athletic 3 Leiston 3
The Blues were held in their latest Pre Season friendly at Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Brantham Athletic despite leading twice in the game. Two goals in three first half minutes from Joe Jefford and Craig Parker saw the Blues two goals to the good but by the interval the hosts had levelled. Joe Francis' strike on the hour regained the advantage before a late strike saw Brantham seal a draw.
Next up is a trip to Conference North Lowestoft Town on Saturday.