Second half gives Reds the blues

Leighton Town vs Petersfield
Leighton Town vs Petersfield

Leighton Town missed the opportunity to pick up their third win of the season as they let slip a two goal lead against Petersfield to draw 2-2 at home.

First half goals from Shayne Almond and Samson Alalade were cancelled out by a second half comeback from the visitors, who equalised deep into stoppage time to leave Bell Close with a point.

Leighton Town vs Petersfield

Leighton Town vs Petersfield

Following Tuesday night’s 4-1 defeat away at St Ives - their first and only defeat of the Evo-Stik Division One Central campaign so far - Mark Eaton’s side were keen to get back to winning ways, and started brightly.

Making his debut for Town, new boy Almond made his mark almost immediately as he blasted in from 35 yards to give the home side the lead after 16 minutes..

He almost doubled his tally as well as the teams before the break with a fiercely struck free kick which was only stopped by the frame of the goal.

Petersfield hardly troubled Aaron Bufton in the Leighton net as the action unfolded at the other end.

Leighton Town vs Petersfield

Leighton Town vs Petersfield

On the stroke of half time, Town made it 2-0 when Jack Harris tore down the left flank, finding Alalade in the centre to tap in, doubling their advantage.

But the old cliché of ‘game of two halves’ reared it’s ugly head for Town as Petersfield would mount a comeback in the second 45 minutes.

Joe Richardson hit the bar with a decent effort, while Bufton had to be on his toes to keep out some dangerous efforts from the visitors as they sought to find a way back into it.

Town pressed for a third though, but none of the forwards took a gamble to get on the end of Jack Harris’ dangerous ball into the mixer, and it raced across the six yard box to safety.

Petersfield were back in the game on the hour mark though, when Stuart Green pulled one back, though Town felt there should have been a handball decision in their favour in the build-up.

The game should have been put completely on it’s head though, but for some suspect finishing from Petersfield striker Alek Przespolewski, who missed two open goals for the visitors.

But Town appeared to be holding on for the win until deep into stoppage time when the defence failed to clear a corner, with Bufton making the initial save before Jordan Neal scrambled home the equaliser.

Even then Leighton had an opportunity at the death but the ball was cleared off the line and the points were shared.

It meant Town had picked up just one point from their last six, after a disappointing 4-1 defeat at home to St Ives last Tuesday.

Leighton dominated the first period and created several good opportunities but were unable to make them count and were punished by former Leighton man, and last season’s top scorer Danny Watson who scored either side of half-time .

Very poor defending allowed St Ives to seal the game but Town never gave up but again, failed to hit the target when through on goal.

Harris, who came off the bench for Eaton’s side, was brought down in the box late on and converted the resulting penalty for a late consolation, but straight from the restart St Ives struck to maintain their three goal advantage.

A disappointed Eaton was left frustrated with his side’s inability to hit the target when on top.

The back-to-back games see Town slip down to 11th in the standings after five games, and they are still to pick up a victory at home in their opening three matches.

However, with two wins from two on the road, there’s still plenty for Leighton Town fans to be upbeat about.

Next Saturday, Leighton Town begin on their Road to Wembley with a trip to Northampton Sileby Rangers in the FA Cup Preliminary Round.