Table-topping Leiston made of stern stuff this season

Leiston (blue kit) V Lewes at Victory Road, Leiston. Gareth Heath (centre) celebrates scoring the op

Leiston (blue kit) V Lewes at Victory Road, Leiston. Gareth Heath (centre) celebrates scoring the opener.

Leiston manager Richard Wilkins is preparing to face one or two selection headaches this season as the Blues look to improve on two consecutive ninth-placed finishes in Ryman Premier.

Wilkins’ side have made an excellent start to the campaign, boasting three wins and a draw, including Saturday’s 3-1 home win against Lewes, and will look to extend that tomorrow at Enfield Town.

Leiston, now top of the Ryman Premier, also put in a professional performance last midweek to see off Wilkins’ former side, Bury Town, in the Ryman League Cup.

The visitors won 3-0 with former Bury striker John Sands among the scorers and the ex-Canvey Island star, who is recovering from a double hernia operation in the summer, is one of several attacking options Wilkins has at his disposal.

“Everyone is fit at the moment and it’s a nice headache to have,” said Wilkins.

“The players have got to understand that we have got a strong squad and there may be times when players are left out to give someone else a crack. I am very pleased with my options.

“We will try and attack everyone, but it’s about finding that right combination. The biggest problem is that 80% of teams in this league pack the midfielders, with three in the centre and while we have Christy Finch, John Sands, Darren Mills and Gareth Heath plus good attacking midfielders in Joe Francis and Billy Clark we have, to a certain extent, been over-run at times.”

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The Blues’ latest victory at the weekend was a game the Blues perhaps may not have won last season.

However, they seem to made of sterner stuff this time round.

“We were playing teams in the bottom five or six last season and not winning the games,” explained Wilkins.

“We need a better mentality as we were hit by a sucker-punch a few times on the counter-attack and conceded goals.

“We are definitely more solid this season, we have conceded twice in four games, and they were more individual errors than anything.

“If we can keep clean sheets, we have a good chance of winning games.”

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