Leighton book spot in second round after replay win

Leighton Town will play Leiston in the next round of the FA Trophy after beating Corinthian Casuals 3-1 in the first round replay, writes Hannah Sellman.

Having drawn 3-3 at Bell Close on Saturday, the replay was a much easier affair, with goals from Phil Draycott and a Danny Watson brace after slipping behind.

Traffic on the M25 threatened to cause havoc to Town’s plans just before kick off, as only 10 men were on hand to play. However, by the time the whistle blew, they were back to a full compliment.

Despite edging proceedings in the opening 15 minutes, Town fell behind when Reece Placid’s shot deflected off Gary Ridgway to put the home side in front.

Christian Lester nearly drew Leighton level on the half hour mark, but his strike scraped just over the top.

They wouldn’t have to wait much longer before equalising though, with Draycott finishing off Michael Lyon’s fabulous pass five minutes before half time/

Town were in front after eight minutes of the second half as Draycott slid in Watson who coolly slotted the ball home to put Leighton 2-1 up.

And with 17 minutes remaining, Watson scored his second, and Leighton’s third, to make things comfortable.

Keeper Dan Green made a fine save with 10 minutes to go to ensure Leighton’s two-goal cushion remained in tact, and their safe passage into the second round was complete.

The next round will be played on Saturday November 1, but before then, Town face a trip to Potters Bar on Saturday.