Leighton let lead slip and lose out

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Leighton Town ended 2015 on a sour note as they let slip a 3-1 second half lead to lose to Petersfield 4-3 in a seven goal thriller.

Languishing at the wrong end of the Evo Stik Division 1 Central table, a win for Town would have given them a huge boost going into an important 2016, but it wasn’t to be for Stuart Murray’s men.

It was shaping up to be a great day for Leighton though as they soon found themselves two goals to the good in opposition territory.

Alex O’Brien scored Town’s opener after 14 minutes after being slid in by James Hatch, before Aaron McKee doubled the lead at the second attempt 15 minutes later.

It should have been three and curtains two minutes later but Hatch saw his fine strike turned behind for a corner.

But Petersfield never let Leighton settle after their second goal and were back in it through Howard Neighbour’s curling effort just before the interval.

But barely had the second half kicked off and Leighton had restored their two-goal cushion with Curtis Shaw’s sublime chip making it 3-1.

Things were looking on course for Town to take their first win since October, but three Petersfield goals in the final 21 minutes put paid to any chances of victory.

Joe Richardson got the ball rolling when he netted from close range in the 69th minute to reduce it to 3-2, before David Jerrard netted a dramatic equaliser for the home side with 14 minutes still to go.

But just when it appeared Town were heading back home with a point for their efforts, keeper Sam Wyer brought down a Petersfield attacker in the box in the final minute, earning him an early bath. Neighbour put the penalty away to win it 4-3.