Leighton Town lose to late Bedford strike

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Leighton Town’s win drought continued on Saturday as they conceded late in a 2-1 defeat to neighbours Bedford Town at Bell Close.

Town are now seven without a win in Division 1 Central, and sit 19th in the table.

Leighton boasted former MK Dons trainee Leon Lobjoit among their starting line-up after signing in midweek, but it was first team regular Phil Draycott who forced the first chance, seeing his fourth minute effort cleared off the line.

But Bedford began to get on top, and after hitting the cross bar, finally went in front courtesy of a Tom Liversedge penalty after 18 minutes.

Draycott was again at the heart of the action, and almost forced an equaliser when his low cross wormed it’s way out of Garry Malone’s grip, but didn’t find a Leighton foot.

Bedford almost doubled their lead immediately in the second half, but Dan Green was on top form to keep out Liversedge with a save at his feet.

They thought they’d doubled the lead in the 58th minute when Robert Parker fired home, only to see play pulled back for an earlier offside.

Two minutes later, Leighton were level when Danny Watson’s ball into the danger zone was put into his own net by Stuart Smeathers.

Ash Farmer came close to sending Leighton into the lead in the 73rd minute,when his shot was pushed over the bar by Malone and out for a corner.

Claude Senla was up next to face Malone but his shot was caught by the keeper.

It looked like both sides were heading for a draw, but a slip by Alvin Rajaram allowed Liversedge to fire Bedford in front with three minutes to go.

Tempers flared when Dave Murphy was booked late in the day after his team-mate Mark Bunker was fouled.

And there was more aggravation after the final whistle, when both Watson and Greg Ling were sent off.