New Leighton Town manager Murray gets off to a losing start at home

Leighton Town FC
Leighton Town FC

New Leighton Town manager Stuart Murray’s reign in charge got off to a bad start as Chalfont St Peter took all three points at Bell Close in a 1-0 win.

Things started brightly though for the home side, and they probably should have been ahead in the first minute, but James Hatch was just shy of a quick ball through the defence, which would have put him on goal.

Chalfont St Peter were defending well against the Town attacks but the first half was a proper end-to-end affair and Chalfont were also having their fair share of chances.

Craige Tomkins was instrumental in most of Chalfont’s chances during the game and he whipped in a fantastic cross to Anthony Thomas who was put off by an oncoming Leighton defender who cut it out to avert the danger.

It was a good start from both sides and it was Leighton who had the next good chance of the game and it was a fantastic strike from Alex O’Brien who fit a fierce shot from about 25 yards out and it produced a great save from the Chalfont keeper Michael Power-Simpson.

Both teams seemed to be lacking a little bit of clinicalness but both defences were also playing very well as Hazet produced a top draw tackle to stop Thomas dead in his tracks.

After a long spell of Chalfont pressure, James Hatch went up the other end and nearly scored after school boy defending. Maisari dispossessed a Chalfont defender to play in Hatch but the save from Power-Simpson was good in the end.

But by the end of the first half Leighton had the better chances and the game was back in their favour.

The second half started much like the first with early town pressure but it was Chalfont who got the decisive goal in the 52nd minute courtesy of Anthony Mendy. The move was a counter attack following a Leighton Town corner, the resulting goal kick from Power-Simpson went deep into Town’s half and found Mendy who rounded the defenders and keeper after questionable defending.

But Leighton weren’t hindered by the goal, and continued to seek out one of their own.

They nearly equalized through a Hatch toe-poke but somehow Power-Simpson pulled out another good save to deny him.

After some Chalfont pressure that led to nothing clear-cut like the first half Town grew back into the game again. Maisiri also came close, but hit the side netting.

For Leighton it was a case of huff with no puff, they were trying time and time again to break down Chalfont.

After Brown shot over and it was clear that Town were getting into all of these good positions but not having the quality to make it count.

The result sees Leighton slip into the bottom two in Evo-Stik Division 1 Central, with high-flying Royston visiting next Saturday.