Leiston’s Heath still retains play-off hope

Leiston Town (blue shirts) V Corinthians in the FA Trophy.
Gareth Heath

Leiston Town (blue shirts) V Corinthians in the FA Trophy. Gareth Heath

With 11 games remaining now would be a good time for Leiston to embark on a run of form that could push them into the play offs as Leatherhead visit Victory Road today, kick off 3pm.

Richard Wilkins’ side are on their worst run of results of the season, a run that has seen them slip to 10th, their lowest position all season.

Just one win at home in this calendar year coupled with only one win from six away games have seen Leiston slip out of the play-off picture.

However, Blues talisman Gareth Heath thinks his side are still in the hunt for a top-five place.

“I think there is an outside chance we can make the play-offs,” Heath said.

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“As we see week in, week out, teams at the top are getting beaten so it’s now that we need to find our form as a team.

“We need to believe in each other, trust each other on the pitch and get ourselves on a bit of a run. If we can pick up two or three wins on the bounce there is a chance you are right back in the mix of things.”

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Leiston have been short of some regular players including Heath himself who has been side -lined with injury himself.

“We have had some very poor displays by everyone’s high standards especially away from home but we have had some players missing through injury and suspensions,” he said.

“If we can improve our form away from home then we have a chance of getting in the top five. But it has to happen now, we all know it and as a collective group we will be trying our best to win this weekend and then give it a real push until the end of the season.”

Heath will be looking to return to the starting line up after missing the last two games while Seb Dunbar also returns after missing the last three games through suspension.

Patrick Brothers completes his three-game suspension today as Leiston look for their first victory over Leatherhead since they were promoted to the Ryman Premier Division.

Leatherhead meanwhile will be looking for a quick fire double after defeating the Blues 3-2 five weeks ago.

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