Bank holiday blues for Leighton Town

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Two second half goals earned the points for Barton Rovers in an entertaining game with Leighton Town on a wet bank holiday Monday.

Both sides started well and played some attractive football and it was Barton who had the better of the chances - hitting the post - and an excellent header from Blackett crashing against the crossbar.

Town were reduced to 10 men when defender Kristian Stephens was sent off for what was deemed to be denying a goal scoring opportunity - most thought the decision by the referee was harsh.

Despite their numerical disadvantage Town were the livelier of the sides at the start of the second period and substitute Nathan Olukanmi created a couple of chances which were spurned by the visitors.

A mistimed tackle in the box on speedy Barton winger Davis earned the hosts a clear penalty and former Town Player Kevin Kilroy scored despite a valiant effort by keeper Bufton.

This gave Barton confidence and they had a good spell of pressure but Town led by Hatch and Paul Brown stood firm. Substitute Craig Maisiri had a couple of half chances for Town as they strove for an equaliser and Shayne Almond had an effort from outside the box which flew just over the bar.

As they pressed forward, 10 man Town were stretched at the back and Barton broke down the left and a precise ball across the box was met by the unmarked Holmes to score and seal the points for the home side.

The sending-off obviously changed the game and Leighton manager Mark Eaton was disgusted with the referee. However Town showed great grit and determination and with a bit of luck could have scored in the second half whilst on top for a short period.