Leighton Town’s misery continues

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Leighton Town are beginning to be cast adrift as their winless streak was extended to 11 games on Saturday, going down 1-0 to Aylesbury.

Four points from safety after their game with bottom club North Greenford United was postponed on Tuesday night, Town are yet to win under new manager Stuart Murray.

It was a scrappy affair with Aylesbury in the opening exchanges, and neither side had any real chances as both sides pressed into the opposition half but both defences were well drilled for the start of the first half.

The first half chance of note went to Aylesbury as Garath Price put in a nice low cross into their striker Brian Haule but the cross was cleared for Aylesbury’s first corner of the match.

The resulting corner led to a tame shot from Aylesbury that was well cleared.

A better chance came for Aylesbury when former Town player Kieron Schmidt won a free kick just on the edge of the D, his shot hit the wall but the rebound came out and the resulting shot was straight at Bradley Kirkwood who made an easy save.

Leighton took the lead in the 37th minute through striker Curtis Shaw.

The move started through a superb defence splitting pass to O’Brien who went one-on-one with the Aylesbury keeper James Weatherill. His low drive came off the post to Shaw who picked up the ball and thumped it into the top left corner by being in the right place at the right time as all good strikers are.

Leighton finished the half as the better side by taking the game to Aylesbury and playing a lot of football in their half with the best opportunity coming from Maisiri whose cross into the 18 yard box was hastily clawed by Weatherill.

Leighton started the second half as they finished the first as O’Brien was unlucky yet again a ball was played into him from a Jack Copson free-kick but his effort was cleared at the near post.

However the game soon swung back in Aylesbury’s favour and the Moles equalised on the 67th minute through Haule.

Substitute Jamie Rudd played in a inch perfect cross into Haule on the left wing who had a free header and calmly nodded the ball home.

The pivotal moment came just minutes from the end when O’Brien went one-on-one with Weatherill again with a chance to score the winner but his effort was straight at the goalie.

But with a point looking like a fair result, Aylesbury stuck a dagger to Leighton hearts as they netted an 89th minute winner through Haule grabbing his second of the game through a lapse of concentration from the Leighton defense as a wayward Haule shot snuck into the bottom corner.

Town are away to Petershead on Saturday.