Leiston defeat Leighton to go through in FA Trophy

Joe Francis

Joe Francis - Credit: Gregg Brown

Leiston recovered from an early goal to stun Leighton Town with a five-goal burst to book their Second Qualifying round berth in the FA Trophy.

Danny Watson latched onto a long ball to open the scoring for Leighton but within a minute Leon Ottley-Gooch fired home a Joe Francis cross to level. Conor Hubble put the Blues ahead on 14 minutes seizing onto a poor back pass, before Gareth Heath stroked home a penalty after Francis was felled in the box three minutes before the break.

Three minutes into the second half Heath fired home his second penalty following a hand ball.

Danny Gay made two crucial saves before Tom Winter added a fifth for the visitors thanks to another assist from Joe Francis.

In stoppage time Blake Saker was red-carded for a second yellow card after a foul in the box that resulted in Leighton completing the scoring from the spot.

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Leiston will be at home to Paulton Rovers in the next round, on November 15, with the prize money standing at £3,250.

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