The Blues will start the new season at Wingate & Finchley on Saturday, August 9th following the release of the Ryman Premier Division fixtures on Thursday, July 17th. August sees a host of difficult fixtures against sides expected to challenge next season. The first home game at Victory Road will be three days after the opener on Tuesday, August 12th with Billericay Town the visitors. Here are our August fixtures;
August 9th - Wingate & Finchley (A)
August 12th - Billericay Town (H)
August 16th - Dulwich Hamlet (H)
August 19th - AFC Hornchurch (A)
August 23rd - Peacehaven & Telscombe (H)
August 25th - Witham Town (A)
August 30th - Margate (A)
Other notable fixtures include;
December 26th - Bury Town (A)
January 1st - Witham Town (H)
April 6th - Bury Town (H)
The full fixture list will be posted in the next couple of days on the website.
The June draw of the Blues 200 club was made on Tuesday evening and these were the lucky winners;
£200 (Ball No - 118) Steve Block
£100 (Ball No - 90) Robin Watson
£50 (Ball No - 120) Mark Parker
Former Bury Town boss Richard Wilkins has joined Leiston as first-team assistant to Steve Ball. Just a few months after leaving Ram Meadow, where he spent 14 years, Wilkins is moving across the county to Victory Road and admitted last night, he can’t wait to get started. “I’ve know Bally (Steve Ball) a very long time,” Wilkins said. “Our paths have crossed many times and we have always been friends. “We had a discussion about me being his assistant at Leiston and it went from there to be honest. “It was never easy to leave Bury, but that’s now in the past and this is a new challenge, I’m very much looking forward to it. Wilkins joins as former Assistant Rob Bate leaves Victory Road due to increased work commitments with a new business project.
Leiston chairman Andy Crisp said: “I’ve always had the utmost respect for Richard and all he has done at Bury Town over 14 years. “It all happened rather quickly and I know Steve Ball and he are good friends. “I am looking to Richard to help with the whole structure of the club, not just the first team. I would also like to thank Rob (Bate) for all his efforts at the club during his partnership with Steve”.
Full story and more from Richard Wilkins and Chairman Andy Crisp in today’s EADT.
Wroxham 0 Leiston 0
The Blues were held at Trafford Park in their second pre season warm up. Another useful work out for the squad who could have secured the win late in the game but Gareth Heath saw his last minute penalty saved by Elliot Pride in the home goal.
Attentions now turn to the marquee home friendly against Joe Dunne's League One Colchester United side this Saturday at Victory Road.
On Sunday, August 3rd Leiston Football Club will be hosting a Charity Match and funday for Prostate Cancer. The two teams will be a side from Prostate Cancer UK and Celeb FC side. As well as the Funday & Football match there will be a raffle and live music after the match. Also on the day there will be a burger van, ice cream van, tombola, bouncy castle, face painting, candy floss and an inflatable speed shooting goal. It promises to be a cracking day all round and all proceeds will go to Prostate Cancer UK.