GOAL starved Kieran Leabon is urging manager Richard Wilkins – give me the licence to kill.
The pacy striker intends to put the brakes on a five-month goal drought when the promotion-chasing Blues host Folkestone Invicta at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm).
The 22-year-old, who wears the number seven shirt, is still searching for full match fitness following a three-month lay off with a torn hamstring – but firmly believes a goal glut is just around the corner.
“I want the licence to kill again,” said Leabon, who lives in Stowmarket. “Since I came back to the fold a few weeks ago I have been out wide on the right, which has taken a bit of getting used to.
“Being stuck out on the wing can sometimes mean I see less of the ball and then I force it a bit when I go searching. But, I enjoy the challenge.”
The former Ipswich Town youth player last scored for Town in a 2-2 FA Cup third qualifying round tie against Staines on October 9. He has scored four goals in total – one in the league.
“Sitting on the sidelines watching the team do so well has been great but frustrating at the same time,” he said. “I wanted a piece of the action, but I’m almost where I want to be now, so fingers crossed.”
Wilkins’ desire to play five in midfield means Leabon can expect further appearances out wide. The position is not entirely alien to the former Histon and Harrogate Rovers forward. He played as a right-sided striker in a three-pronged attack at Boston United four years ago.
“I’m confident after I score that first goal, the floodgates will open and it will be a nice weight off my shoulders,” said Leabon. “I’m the first to admit I’m not a natural goalscorer, but I do score goals and I want to start hitting the back of the net again soon. Starting this Saturday will be ideal.”
Leabon scored his first ever promotion as a senior player last year when the Blues lifted the Zamaretto Division One Midlands title — and is now eyeing back-to-back promotions.
“I went into the season not knowing much about the league and I really thought we would be good enough for a mid-table finish,” he said.
“But we have done fantastic to be second at this stage and it would be silly not to give promotion a good go.
“We are where we are because we deserve it. Nearly every game we have had has been a battle, but we have matched everyone so far.
“I genuinely think we can do it again,” he added.