Michael Mundy scored twice in two minutes on his Leighton Town debut as they eased relegation fears with a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Daventry Town.
Mundy was among four new faces in Craig Bicknell’s squad for the game, and he wasted no time in making his mark, netting twice in quick succession in the first half as Leighton lifted themselves into 19th spot in Evo-Stik Division 1 Central.
After an up-and-down month, which has seen Leighton pick up two points from their last three games, the home game against Daventry was finely poised.
With Daventry just five points ahead going in to Saturday’s encounter, it was all to play for.
With Bicknell’s new-look squad up for the challenge, it took the home side just 11 minutes to take the lead.
A Leighton corner caused havoc in the box as Daventry failed to clear, with Mundy the quickest to react to the loose ball, firing in his first for the club.
Worse was to come for Daventry as they conceded again a minute later.
Billy Lobjoit broke forward quickly down the left hitting a fine shot which keeper Ronnie Carroll could only push away directly into the path of Mundy who needed no second invitation to rattle in his second in as many minutes to double Leighton’s lead.
With the win in their sails, Leighton continued to press and look for a third. Odunayo Oke’s shot narrowly whistled wide of the target, while Ashley Farmer’s cross just needed a touch but evaded the attack.
But for all of Leighton’s pressure, it was Daventry who netted next to bring themselves back into the game 13 minutes later.
Another long throw in from Ricky Hill caused all kinds of problems in the Leighton defence, keeper Zaki Oualah only managing to punch the ball down to Aaron King who smashed the ball into the net to give Daventry renewed hope.
Carroll then made a magnificent save to prevent Leighton from restoring their two goal lead, but he stood firm as Oke ran through one-on-one.
There were further chances for Lobjoit and for Mundy to complete his hat-trick, but Carroll was having an inspired afternoon for Daventry, and keeping the score within reach for his side to get an equaliser.
And it nearly came when Anthony O`Connor was denied a wonderful chance of an equaliser when Zaki Oualah made a rather fortunate save with his feet.
Carroll was forced to make another tremendous save from Tyrone Taylor holding the midfielders shot firmly.
The game flowed from end to end, with both sides knowing the next goal would be decisive.
But Leighton retained the upper hand, unable to net but keeping solid at the back to ensure all three points.
Beaconsfield SYCOB were on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline at home to Royston Town, seeing them now drop below Leighton Town in the table.
Leighton have five games of the season remaining, but now have a healthy 10 point advantage over AFC Hayes and North Greenford the relegation zone.
Next up for Town is a trip to Godalming Town next Saturday, kicking off at 3pm.