Leighton get caught on the counter as Shefford & Sandy snatch the win

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Leighton Ladies 1sts couldn’t continue their winning streak on Saturday, as they lost 2-0 at home to Shefford & Sandy 2nds.

After celebrating a 4-0 win over Harpenden last weekend, they were met with miserable conditions at Vandyke, making visibility tough for both sides.

There were great runs up front by Hayley Easton, Kirsty Scrivner and Gabbie Avola. Leighton Buzzard battled hard with a number of goal mouth scrambles but sadly no goals.

Keeper Lisa Smith kept Leighton in the game as Shefford & Sandy pushed forward, diving to stop balls on the line and in the air, keeping the scores level at the break.

Into the second half, there was some lovely passing between Laura Keable at the back and Hollie Taylor in the middle, but they couldn’t find the backboard - and even when they did, the referee ruled it out.

Buzzards had a number of chances through short corners but were twice caught out by the visitors, and fell to a 2-0 defeat.

Leighton Mens 1sts’ slump in form continued as they went down 3-2 to Westhampstead 4ths.

Dominating the game early on Leighton were hard done by to concede first Westhampstead taking the lead through a penalty corner.

Leighton however continued to hold the ball well and work Westhampstead around creating chances Tommy Lakins rattling the post with a great effort.

Leighton’s pressure paid off Lakins shot sent goal bound with Ben Smith deflecting home.

Leighton were however put straight back behind the visitors Westhampstead retaking the lead almost instantly.

The second half started with Leighton faulting their lines losing their domination of possession and were made to chase Westhampstead, then Leighton found themselves 3-1 down after an effective Westhampstead counter attack.

Undeterred, Leighton set back to trying to gain a hold of the game, man of the match Dan Lambert playing strongly down the right hand side. Leighton won a penalty corner with 10mins to go and David Fry’s drag flick found the bottom corner 2-3 Leighton chasing Westhampstead down.

The game was evenly balanced to the finish Leighton keeper Jacob Bradding putting body on the line saving a powerful effort at goal with his head, his supreme stop keeping Leighton’s chances of three points alive.

But the final whistle would come too soon for the home side, as they slipped to their third defeat of the season.

Leighton Mens 2nds fielded a much changed side against Aylesbury 3rds, and quickly fell three goals down.

After a stern half time team talk, Leighton were much improved in the second period, pulling one back through Dave Jackson.

Leighton conceded twice more before Jackson got his second, and David Wavish scored a third consolation in the 5-3 defeat.

There was better news for the Fledglings though, who beat Maidenhead Mystics 3-1, with all the goals coming in the second half. The home side took the lead, before Peter Gale equalised for Leighton. Jacob Murtagh fired the visitors into the lead before David Canty sealed the win.

Leighton Ladies 2nds suffered a 3-1 defeat to Vauxhall Chiltern - Clare Farrow with Leighton’s only goal.