Town’s defensive lapses gift game to Northwood

Leighton vs Northwood. Pic: Phillip Duffy
Leighton vs Northwood. Pic: Phillip Duffy

Poor defending cost Town dearly last Saturday when visiting Northwood took all three points in a 3-0 win at Bell Close.

It took the visitors just nine minutes to take the lead when Nico Muir was sent clean through on goal, coolly slotting home the opener.

Leighton vs Northwood. Pic: Phillip Duffy

Leighton vs Northwood. Pic: Phillip Duffy

Town responded with a couple of half chances, but they came to nothing.

And they’d be made to pay as Northwood were gifted the chance to make it two.

Given a free kick on the edge of the box, Louis Stead struck the ball up and over the wall to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Town rallied and both Ben Gallant and Russell Bull went close and an excellent save from Northwood keeper Lawrencin preserved their two goal cushion.

Aaron Bufton in the Leighton Town goal made a great save at the start of the second period but on 65 minutes he was once again beaten by another superb free kick from Stead.

Leighton had a good spell and James Hatch went close on a couple of occasions but Northwood always looked dangerous and missed a couple of relatively easy chances to extend their lead further, but it would remain 3-0 until the final whistle.

The result leaves Mark Eaton’s side down in 18th in Evo-Stik Division 1 Central, picking up just five points at Bell Close out of a possible 21 so far this season.

Town will be very disappointed with this poor performance but should be boosted by the return of Alex O’Brien and Aaron McKee their two strongest midfielders for the FA Trophy game at Enfield Town next Saturday.

Their game at AFC Rushden scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed as Rushden have an FA Cup Replay.