Stability the key to Leiston success – skipper
LEISTON skipper, David Head, believes the continued success of Leiston, is down to the core of the team still being together.
LEISTON skipper, David Head, believes the continued success of Leiston is down to the core of the team still being together.
Leiston, who entertain Heybridge Swifts at Victory Road on Saturday afternoon, won the Ridgeons League title last season, and are now top of Ryman League Division One North.
There have been only a few additions to Mark Morsley’s championship-winning squad, something Head feels has proved key.
“Mark has been clever with his signings,” Morsley said.
“The likes of Joe Jefford and Nathan Stone have been good additions. But the core of the team that won the Ridgeons title last season are still here.”
Leiston drew with Thamesmead on Tuesday night, to go back to the top of the table on goal difference, over Enfield Town.
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They still have to play many of the top sides, and their hopes of promotion to the Ryman Premier, is in their own hands.
Not only that, the club are currently in the top 10 best-disciplined in non-league – an effort that reflects well on Morsley’s players.
“I can’t really say why are discipline is so much better,” Head added.
“Perhaps we are more organised, Mark (Morsley) tells us not to get involved in situations, but then again most managers would say that.
“But whatever it is, it’s helping.”
Should Leiston win the Division One North this season, they would of course move into the Ryman Premier. A big move, but one Head feels the club would take in its stride.
“I know the club want to move up and I know the players want to too.
“Of course it’s a lot of travelling, but you can pretty well write-off Saturdays for football for away games in Division One North – so I don’t think it would make much difference in the Premier.”
Heybridge sit in the middle of the table and are having a decent season, although they suffered a bad 3-0 home defeat to Potters Bar last week.
Leiston, however, will expect to pick up the points, kick-off 3pm.
Next 4 games
Today, HEYBRIDGE (H)
Jan 28 Harlow (A)
Feb 4 WALTHAM FOREST (H)
Feb 11 Thamesmead (A)
Next 4 games
Today, Leiston (A)
Jan 28 BRENTWOOD (H)
Feb 4 HARLOW (H)
Feb 11 Ware (A)