Injury time penalty earns Leighton Town a vital point

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Danny Watson’s stoppage time spot kick rescued a point for Leighton Town as they drew 2-2 with Edgham Town on Saturday.

Town trailed 2-0 after 49 minutes, but Billy Lobjoit game Craig Bicknell’s men a sniff of a lifeline with 13 minutes to go, before Watson converted the spot kick at the death to secure a point.

Daventry Town’s 2-0 win over Rugby Town sees them move above Leighton into 18th in the Evo-Stik Division 1 Central table with just one game remaining.

Bicknell welcomed back Phil Draycott and Dave Murphy to the starting line-up, but was without regulars Ash Farmer and Alvin Rajaram for the trip to Edgham.

And with a new look defence, they quickly found themselves trailing as Edgham took an 11th minute lead. Halluna Mesembe skipped past Mark Bunker’s challenge to rifle past Zaki Oualah to put the home side ahead.

Draycott, Watson and Lobjoit all had great chances to equalise for Leighton, but keeper Jamie Norris made a string of good saves to keep his side ahead. Oualah too was in good shape at the other end.

But it took just four second half minutes for Edgham to double their advantage as Danny Bassett got in behind to beat Oualah and go 2-0 ahead.

Lobjoit gave Leighton a lifeline with 13 minutes still to go, when he bent in Gary Ridgway’s pin-point pass past keeper Norris to make it 2-1.

Oualah was again on hand to deny Edgham a third, making two great stops in the closing stages to prevent them from wrapping the game up.

And it paid dividends deep into stoppage time as Leighton were awarded a penalty.

Five minutes into injury time and Ridgway challenged the keeper in the air, with Norris beating Ridgway and sending him to the floor, the referee blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot.

Watson made no mistakes in rattling home Town’s equaliser to secure a deserved point. Town have just one game remaining this season, and it comes away against already relegated AFC Hayes on the final day.