Town brought back down to earth by Godalming

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Leighton Town couldn’t repeat their midweek victory with a win on Saturday against Godalming Town, going down 4-1 at Bell Close.

Town picked up their first league win since August 23 on Tuesday with a 4-1 triumph against AFC Hayes on Tuesday, courtesy of a Danny Watson hat-trick and a Michael Lyon header.

And it was a much needed win too, as Town slipped dangerously close to the relegation zone after a promising start under new manager Craig Bicknell.

But their good work was undone on Saturday by high-flying Godalming, hardly helped by selection problems for Bicknell, caused by injury and absence.

Both sides felt each other out in the early exchanges, but neither keeper was really tested - Christian Lester heading over for Town, while Dan Childs easily scooped up Godalming’s first chance.

But on the half hour mark, the visitors took the lead as Steve Brown hit the ball low and hard towards Green who watched the ball tumble into the net.

A Mark Bunker free kick was Leighton’s best chance to even the score before half time.

Robbie Goodman towered over the Godalming defence, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Godalming could have doubled their advantage when Liam Roberts hit the post just before the break, but they didn’t have to wait long.

Luck wasn’t on Leighton’s side as right on the stroke of half time Dan Hart scored an own goal, putting Godalming 2-0 up.

Godalming kicked off the second half looking strong, but Leighton were determined to score.

Ridgeway put a good cross into Lyon but his legs just weren’t long enough to control the ball.

A great ball by Farmer nearly saw Chris Musgrove score an own goal, which could have lifted Leighton’s spirits.

A good kick by Green found the head of Taylor and the feet of Lester but he rushed his shot and skied the ball over the bar.

The home side were made to pay for their missed opportunities when Graeme Purdy made it 3-0 as he ran rings round Leighton’s defence to slot home.

And it wasn’t long before Godalming made it 4-0. Green was out of his goal and Jack Mazzone took his chances, keeping calm and scoring an easy goal, leaving Leighton staring at another home defeat.

The result leaves Town 19th in Division 1 Central, with 12 points.

There’s a break from league action next Saturday as Leighton take on one of football’s oldest clubs - Corinthian Casuals - in the FA Trophy.

The game, at Bell Close, kicks off at 3pm.