Ladies set up title decider
LEIGHTON Ladies could clinch the league championship this Sunday after bouncing back with an 8-1 win at Arlesey Town last weekend.
In ever changing weather conditions, Leighton started well and scored an early goal through Kate Costin's left footed shot.
Leighton's second goal came through Caz Taylor when the Arlesey keeper blocked a shot but Taylor struck the ball back into the bottom left hand corner from 10 yards. This was shortly followed by Costin's second of the match and Rachael Reddan's second goal of the season, tucking the ball home at the back post.
Leighton's passing game, that was missing last week, was back in force and Tracey Sibley and Lou Grocott in the Leighton midfield were controlling the game magnificently. Sophia Pidgeon, who moved from the right of midfield up front for the game, was a constant threat and Leighton scored their fifth when her cross was turned past her own goalie by an Arlesey defender. Before the half time interval Leighton got another goal which was a splendid effort from Caz Taylor. She controlled a lovely pass from Sarah Fuller and with her second touch rifled the ball into the corner of the goal from 30 yards with a swerving shot.
In the second half Arlesey started as the better team with their best period of possession. Lindsay Ewan and Nat Turney made some crucial interventions but soon Leighton found themselves facing a penalty after a handball was spotted by the referee.
Rosie Inzani, the Leighton keeper, guessed the right way but could only palm the ball into the corner. Leighton however had other ideas and picked up their game and began controlling the match once again.
Lou Grocott was the next to get on to the scoresheet when she collected the ball on the left of the area and curled a lovely shot into the roof of the net to become the sixth Leighton player to reach double figures for season. Into the last minute and Leighton made the final score 8-1 when Caz Taylor completed her hat-trick tapping in from a yard when Kate Costin's shot came back off the woodwork.
With second place Leverstock losing for the second game on the bounce, Leighton can be crowned league champions if they beat rivals Hitchin this Sunday. Kick-off is 2pm at Mentmore Road – all support welcome.
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Weather for Leighton Buzzard
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Temperature: 8 C to 14 C
Wind Speed: 17 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 3 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 21 mph
Wind direction: North west