Leighton end the year with a loss

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Leighton Buzzard turned in their worst performance of the season just before Christmas as they went down 22-16 Windsor on Saturday.

The result sees them tumble down the South West 1 East table from fourth to seventh going into the festive period break.

Whilst the first exchanges were evenly matched, Buzzards were beginning to look the more dangerous but it took 20 minutes for the home side to take a 3-0 lead through a Geoff Branwhite penalty. That was the last score until the final play of the half - Leighton under pressure missed the chance to clear to touch, allowing Windsor a final attack. The visitors used the opportunity to work the ball back from the touch-line and after a number of phases crashed over. The try was unconverted but gave Windsor a 5-3 advantage at going in at half time.

Straight from the kick off a strong break was made and a quick interchange of passes allowed Windsor’s left winger to score under the posts. The conversion made it 12-3.

Shortly after Windsor scored their third try- unconverted but the last minute of the first half and the first 10 of the second half had changed the game. Although a Branwhite penalty had added three points for the Buzzards, Windsor were in charge at 19-6.

It took a fine individual try to bring a glimmer of hope to the home team. Tapping a quick penalty on half-way the ball was spread wide to Darren Braybrook on the right wing – beating the initial defence, he then chipped ahead to collect his own kick to score The conversion made it 19-13.

But Windsor immediately extended their lead to nine points with a penalty that left Buzzards needing two scores to win in the last 19 minutes.

With four minutes remaining Branwhite kicked a penalty to bring Leighton within a score, but they’d left themselves too much of a mountain to climb, having to settle for a 22-16 defeat.