Leiston’s Gareth Heath hoping Suffolk side can provide an FA Trophy upset at Bromley

Leiston midfielder Gareth Heath (blue)

Leiston midfielder Gareth Heath (blue) - Credit: James Ager

Leiston midfielder Gareth Heath is looking forward to the challenge of an away trip at Conference South high-flyers Bromley, in the FA Trophy First Round.

The Blues will be looking to cause an upset against opponents who lie second in the Conference’s second tier.

But Ryman Premier Division Leiston, who, after beating Leighton Town and Paulton Rovers previously, received a bye into this stage, will play with no fear at the Courage Stadium, as Heath explains.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge that awaits,” said experienced midfielder Heath.

“They’re in the league above us so the pressure is on them.


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“We’re going to give it a 100% and see what happens.

“As shown with the FA Cup this season, upsets can happen, and hopefully we can grab a win or a draw.”

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Heath is enjoying an excellent season at the Suffolk side, contributing a host of goals and assists from an attacking midfield position.

“I am pretty pleased with my own form, but it’s how the team are getting on that is most important,” added Heath, who scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season in the 4-0 Suffolk Premier Cup win over Walsham-le-Willows earlier this month.

“It’s all well and good that I am scoring, and long may it continue, but only if the team are getting the three points.

“I don’t care who scores, as long as we stick it in the back of the net.”

Currently sitting in fifth in the league, as well as having a place in the Suffolk Premier Cup semi-finals, this is turning out to be quite a season for the Blues.

“It is exciting,” admitted Heath. “The FA Cup was a little disappointing (a 4-1 defeat to Hendon), but we’ve made up for that in the Trophy as well as the Premier Cup.

“We’ve never won the Premier Cup, so if we can get to the final it would be a nice reward for the club, but the main aim is to do well in the league.

“If we keep the momentum up then there’s no reason why we can’t finish in the play-offs at least.

“We haven’t really hit a sticky spell yet, and somewhere along the line we will, but if we can dig in, and keep performing like we are, then I think we can do really well.”

Leiston will earn £5,000 if they can claim victory this afternoon.

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