Leighton’s good run ends against Bedworth

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After back-to-back victories, Leighton Town were sent crashing back to Earth with a 2-0 defeat at home to Bedworth Town on Saturday.

Town were on the crest of a wave after last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Northwood, followed by another away win at Hanwell Town on Tuesday night.

But home form seems to be evading Craig Bicknell’s men this season, picking up just three wins at Bell Close so far, and it was more of the same as Bedworth took all three points on Saturday.

The result sees Town sit 20th in the table, with Beaconsfield also picking up six points out of nine to leave the pair level on 30 points, though both 12 points clear of the drop zone.

Chris Crook’s 78th minute winner was enough to earn Town all three points against Hanwell but wasn’t enough to get him into the starting line-up against Bedworth.

Leighton had a few early chances to go ahead in the game, but Phil Draycott couldn’t keep his effort down as it sailed over the bar.

Bedworth were reduced to 10 men briefly when Alex Naughton hobbled off the field for treatment, but it seemed to pay off when Leighton were sleeping at the back, allowing Daniel Creaney to make his way past Tyrone Taylor and slotted the ball into the back of the net, making it 1-0.

Christian Lester had a chance to equalise but his shot was more like a pass back into the hands of Hinds.

Leighton were lucky not to go 2-0 down in the 42nd minute, when Daniel Dubidat walked all over Leighton’s defence, but he miss kicked his shot and Zaki Oualah gathered it with ease.

Bedworth started the second period brightly, and it took them 13 minutes to double their advantage.

As Leighton failed to clear a corner, Daniel Dubidat was on hand to tap in at the far post to make it 2-0.

As Leighton pushed for a lifeline into the game, Oualah was called into action again late in the day to keep out Dubidat as he looked to put a seal on the deal.

Beaconsfield’s victory over Barton saw Town drop back down to 20th in the standings, but they have the chance to retake 19th as they take on Kettering away from home tonight (Tuesday).