Leighton Town pick up first win of the season

Leighton Town FC
Leighton Town FC

Leighton Town won their first match of the new Evo-Stik Division One Central season with a 2-0 triumph over Arlesey Town on Tuesday night.

Goals from Nathan Olukanmi and Samson Alalade ensured all three points left with Mark Eaton and his men.

Town got their campaign off to a solid start with a 0-0 draw at home to Godalming Town on Saturday, but were keen to pick up their first win three days later when they travelled to Arlesey.

The game started at a high tempo with both sides keen to get on the front foot.

Neither side created much until the 10th minute when Town skipper Ben Gallant chanced his arm, but could not get any power into his headed effort.

A few minutes later Leighton nearly opened the scoring when Alalade rounded the keeper out on the touchline before sending in a deep cross which Craig Maisiri drove against the keepers right hand post.

Arlesey replied with a quick attack but the final shot went way off target.

In Leighton’s next attack they won a free kick centrally just outside the box but Craig Maisiri’s effort lacked both direction and power and was easily saved.

Arlesey then pushed forward and a well struck low drive by full back Luke Abraham went narrowly past the post.

After 32 minutes Leighton won free kick on the left and when the ball was curled into the box Jordan Jenkins volleyed effort from beyond the far post was just off target.

The hosts started the second half in a positive fashion and following a quick break Fyife’s well struck shot required a fine save by Aaron Bufton in the Town goal. From the resulting corner the Town keeper was forced to make superb save to keep the scores levels when he dived to his left to turn a fierce shot from Osamu Alman round the post. Town then returned to the attack and a cross field pass saw the ball fall to Olukanmi but his shot from a difficult angle hit the outside of the post.

Leighton eventually took the lead on the hour mark when a cross fell to Olukanmi just outside the box, and his low shot found the corner of the net.

It could have been 2-0 four minutes later when Town burst forward on the counter attack, but a poor touch at the vital time alleviated any threat.

The did put the game to bed with 10 minutes to go though, when Alalade’s persistence paid off, challenging the keeper for a loose ball, and tapping in the second with ease.

Town’s undefeated start to the season sees them sit fifth in the table, and travel to Egham Town on Saturday.