Date: Saturday, 10th October 2015\r\n\r\nCompetition: The Emirates FA Cup\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 3pm\r\n\r\nLocation: Victory Road, Leiston\r\n\r\nA 420-mile round trip lays ahead of Gloucester City as they travel to Suffolk to face Leiston in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup.\r\n\r\nThe reward for beating Kidlington 4-2 at Whaddon Road two weeks ago is a trip across country to face the Ryman Premier Division leaders.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers got through a tough test against their Hellenic Premier League opposition thanks to goals from Mike Symons, Jonté Smith, Matt Williams and Lewis Hall.\r\n\r\nOur opposition have been in the competition one round more than the Tigers and have already beaten AFC Dunstable and Tonbridge Angels in their Cup campaign so far.\r\n\r\nSpeaking to the Gloucester Citizen, Tim Harris was under no illusions that it will be a tough test on Saturday.\r\n\r\n”They’re top of their league, they’ve got one or two very good players and they love to play football so it’s a real test for us.\r\n\r\n”We need to go down there, do a professional job, be strong, organised and hopefully find the back of the net.\r\n\r\n”I’m looking forward to it because we could do with a good cup run. It’s not so much the money, it’s raising the profile of Gloucester City.\r\n\r\n”A good cup run would propel us into the media spotlight and we could do with that.”\r\n\r\nThe opponents:\r\n\r\nEstablished in 1880, the club was initially closely linked to the Richard Garrett Engineering Works, and played at the old Recreation Ground adjacent to Park Hill, with players changing in the White Horse Hotel or at the Works Hall.\r\n\r\nThey reached the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup in 1892, 1897 and 1904, losing on each occasion, although they did win the Junior Cup in 1895. In 1894 they joined the North Suffolk League, which they played in until 1909.\r\n\r\nAfter World War I the club was reformed as Leiston Works Athletic and rejoined the Ipswich & District League and the East Anglian League.\r\n\r\nIn 1920 they left the EAL and joined the Essex & Suffolk Border League. At the end of the 1920–21 season they left both the IDL and ESBL to join the Norfolk & Suffolk League before rejoining the IDL in 1926.\r\n\r\nThey won all seventeen league matches in 1937–38 and were promoted to Division One after defeating Division 2A winners Manningtree Rovers in a play-off.\r\n\r\nAfter finishing bottom of the Senior Division in 1981–82 they were relegated, and the following season finished below local side Leiston St Margarets.\r\n\r\nHowever, they did win the Junior Cup, retaining it in 1983–84 when they also won the Division One title and were promoted back to the Senior Division.\r\n\r\nThey then spent several years as a yo yo club as they were relegated in 1988–89, promoted back in 1989–90, relegated again in 1991–92 and returned to the Senior Division in 1996–96.\r\n\r\nAfter finishing third in 2000–01 they stepped up to Division One of the Eastern Counties League. In 2003–04, they finished third, and were promoted to the Premier Division.\r\n\r\nIn the 2008–09 season the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time after beating Conference club Lewes 3–1 in a replay.\r\n\r\nIn the first round, the club was drawn at home to Conference North club Fleetwood Town. After drawing 0–0 in front of a record crowd of 1,250, they lost the replay 2–0.\r\n\r\nIn 2010–11 Leiston won the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One North of the Isthmian League.\r\n\r\nTeam news: \r\n\r\nBilly Jones (Achilles) will miss out this Saturday’s match as will Obi Anoruo (shin).\r\n\r\nChris Knowles is back in contention for a starting place after regaining match fitness on a two game spell with Frome.\r\n\r\nRe-signing Femi Orenuga is available for selection.\r\n\r\nThe players will train at Peterborough United’s training complex on Friday and the club would like to extend our thanks to Barry Fry and all at Peterborough.

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