Leighton Town booked their spot in the quarter finals of the Beds Senior Cup with a 1-0 win over Biggleswade United on Tuesday night.
Christian Lester, a late replacement for top scorer Danny Watson, grabbed the only goal of the game two minutes before half time.
Town were bolstered by the news of a new signing prior to kick off, softening the blow of losing Watson to injury in warm-up. Harvey-Bailey Irving, who had been spotted at a few Town games this season, was named among the substitutes for Craig Bicknell’s side.
Both sides enjoyed time on the ball in the opening exchanges, but chances were few and far between.
Phil Draycott scuppered a decent chance for the home side when United keeper Rui Goncalves picked up a back pass, earning Town an in-direct free kick. But Draycott’s strike was straight into the wall and danger was averted.
As half time approached, Goncalves made amends for his earlier mistake by tipping over Mark Bunker’s goalbound effort just over the bar, but there was nothing he could do about Lester’s strike two minutes before the break which put Town into the lead.
Town keeper Dan Green out-witted Stuart Richardson when the striker went through one-on-one, diving low to his left to keep out his effort.
Lester found himself in the net, rather than the ball, 10 minutes after the restart when he couldn’t reach Aaron Morgan’s cross with a flying header.
It was a fairly comfortable half though for Town, who dealt with United’s threat well, without the need to extend their lead further.
Leighton will now face Arlesey Town in the next round.
Leighton’s next game is away to North Greenford in round two of the Red Insure League Cup on Tuesday November 18, kick off 7.45pm.