The Non-League Football Paper


- By Craig Cooper

LEISTON left it late to overcome a resilient Rushall side as they move a step closer to securing a play-off place.

The Blues welcomed back Rossi Jarvis, but fellow defender Adam Bailey-Dennis was still out with a calf injury.

Rushall worked a chance after only 12 seconds, and Sam Donkin had to produce a great save to deny the Andre Carvalho-Landell.

The visitors worked some good chances early on, creating corners but the Blues defended well. In the 11th minute, Ben Fowkes’ free-kick was met by Jacob Weaver and he helped set up a chance for the lively Samuel Mantom who hit a thunderous effort against Donkin’s crossbar.

Finlay Barnes’ free-kick was headed just wide by Ryan Jarvis after 14 minutes and the defender made a good block along with Jake Hutchings at the other end. Chances for both sides were few and far between for the rest of the half.

Just two minute after the restart, Kieran Cook got forward into the area but Donkin was out to make a fine block. Dunbar crossed from the left after 51 minutes, but Will Davies couldn’t quite get on the end of his delivery.

The first goal came after 56 minutes when Dunbar went down the left and crossed to George Quantrell who made a brilliant run into the box to fire into Weaver’s bottom right hand corner.

Leiston then defended well for the remainder of the match, limiting Rushall’s chances, but a well-worked moved by the visitors after 86 minutes saw Mantom shoot low into Donkin’s bottom left corner which looked to have sealed a point.

However, Ollie Saunders won a corner for the Blues after 90 minutes and Will Davies volleyed Quantrell’s corner into Weaver’s top right hand corner to send leiston home happy.

Blues goalkeepin­g coach Nigel Ling said: “We are obviously pleased with the win against Rushall, who posed us a lot of threat aerially, and we dealt with the conditions really well overall.

“We have scored two quality goals, and our decision making was better today and this helped us take all three points on the day.”

STAR MAN: Sam Donkin (team) ENTERTAINM­ENT: ★★★★★

 ?? ?? GOAL: George Quantrall’s joy
GOAL: George Quantrall’s joy
 ?? PICTURE: Ben Cunningham ?? SHARP-SHOOTER: Will Davies celebrates his last-gasp winner
PICTURE: Ben Cunningham SHARP-SHOOTER: Will Davies celebrates his last-gasp winner

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