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Leighton Town 2-3 Tuffley Rovers

Leighton Town – 2

Tuffley Rovers – 3

For any fan of football that sits at home on a Saturday afternoon watching scores ticking over on a television screen, and thinks non-league football would be poor to watch should have been at Bell Close on Saturday afternoon. Any neutrals attending this game may not have recognised many of the faces on the pitch, but they would certainly have recognised the full bloodied approach to the game, and the ecstasy turning to agony that concluded this tie in the final five minutes that only the FA Cup can deliver at any level and any round.

Leighton Town played their first game in front of their newly refurbished main stand, shining brightly red and white on a sunny afternoon, and it will be a while surely before it witnesses another grand slam finish to a FA Cup fixture like this one. With eighty-four and a half minutes played the home side were two goals to the good, and were defending everything their guests could hurl at them. But a penalty awarded to Tuffley was converted and gave them belief and the momentum to not only equalise but also find a winner seven minutes into added time, and leave Leighton literally on the floor at the final whistle.

Newly refurbished stand

Tuffley enjoyed some good early possession and a fourth minute corner was met by the diving head of Brett James but a slight deflection off Alex Condon saw the ball deflect off the crossbar and over for a corner. From the clearance Leighton attacked with pace and the ball the ball was played up to Lorrell Smith, as Rovers keeper & captain Dave Evans fought to win the ball off the striker it fell loose to Alex O’Brien and with defenders straining to get back and cover the empty net Evans had no choice but to bring the Town man down and take a yellow card for his efforts. Dom Marsala saw his free kick punched back to him by Evans and the Leighton skipper fired at goal again, the ball striking James Hatch before going in to give the hosts the lead.

Home keeper Tom Wyant then made a good save from close range after some foot tennis inside the area, and then had to get down low to his left to smoother a free kick from twenty yards from Rovers player-manager Mark Pritchett. A left wing cross was then headed wide by Courtney Hamilton as the away side pushed for a leveller, before a long throw found Pritchett at the near post with Condon in close attendance who turned and fired only to see Wyant save with his feet.

Leighton fought their way back and just past the hour mark saw Leighton attack on the break when O’Brien was fed behind the Tuffley back line, with defenders hot on his heels he shot from just inside the box but never really troubled Evans, and Carl Tappin then laid off to Luke Marsh who side footed wide. The home side doubled their lead on thirty-six minutes when O’Brien knocked a ball over the top for Smith to run on to and lob deftly over the advancing Evans then round to tap into the unguarded net. H/T: 2-0

Smith scores Leighton second

Early in the second half a loose ball was driven low by Joel White for the visitors but Wyant was behind it all the way and gathered safely on his line, and a golden opportunity to get a foothold in the game was spurned when attacking down their right Wyant went out to meet Mann but missed the ball, Mann crossed to Brett James but with the goal gaping he lifted the ball wide of goal.

Hatch then got away down the Town right and delivered an inviting cross which Smith threw himself at acrobatically in front of goal, the slightest touch would have turned it home but it whistled away and was eventually cleared. Hatch & Smith then combined well again seeing the latter away on goal but Evans came out bravely diving at the feet of the Town striker to deny any shooting opportunity.

Hatch then released Marsala down the left channel, cutting inside he curled a shot around Evans and as the crowd held their breath the ball rolled agonisingly wide of the back post. Tuffley substitute Jamie Goodwin then tried his luck from the edge of the box only to see his effort crash back off the crossbar, and Mann could only head the rebound wide.

On seventy two minutes the Leighton goal frame was rattled again, a cross was cleared to just outside the box and a shot from Pritchett caught Wyant in two minds and he watched the ball again bounce of his back post and eventually cleared. A Leighton counter attack then saw Smith drag two defenders across field before laying the ball perfectly into the path of Hatch whose fierce drive was well saved by the feet of Evans, diverting for a corner.

As we entered the final five minutes no one saw what was about to unfold, a cross into the Leighton box looked harmless but as Pritchett went down under the challenge from Tappin, the referee awarded a penalty. Warren Mann smashed into the top corner, and reminded his colleagues during his celebrations that they were still in this FA Cup tie.

As we entered added time, Leighton were holding the ball at the Tuffley end trying to run down the clock beside the corner flag, but Brett James was having none of it, winning the ball back and knocking it down the left wing for Mann to chase down and cross into the middle where Pritchett spectacularly scissor kicked the ball as he hovered horizontally, into the corner beyond Wyant sending his team mates and supporters into delirium.

There was time for a Leighton cross to be palmed away by Evans off his own crossbar, before seven minutes into added time a fifty-fifty challenge on the edge of the Town box saw the ball squirm out to Mann who cut back for Sam Hill who from the acutest of angles fired across goal, and watch the ball hit the back post and go in to send his side through to the next round. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 118

After the game Sports Shots caught up with Leighton manager Scott Reynolds: 

 

For full match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm3hpF96

 

Leighton Town v Tuffley Rovers preview

Saturday 19th August 2017

Leighton Town v Tuffley Rovers

FA Cup Preliminary Round

Kick-Off: 3.00pm

FA Cup fever will be in the air as Leighton Town entertain Tuffley Rovers on Saturday for the first game of the new season at Bell Close, after major refurbishment work on the Bedfordshire ground during the summer.

These sides have never met in the competition before, and both clubs saw off opposition from their own divisions in the previous round, Leighton beating Oxhey Jets whilst Rovers beat Woodley United to set up this South Midlands Premier v Hellenic Premier clash. Step 5 clubs alike, the winners of this clash will pocket a huge £1,925 and progress to the first qualifying round which will be played the first week-end of September.

Former Hellenic League side Leighton Town have started their season with a win and a loss in their two league games to date, whilst Tuffley have a win, a draw and a defeat in their opening three.

Town’s best FA Cup campaign was in the 2007/08 season where they reached the fourth qualifying round, where Tuffley reached the second qualifying round in 1999/2000.

Leighton manager Scott Reynolds spoke to Sports Shots ahead of the game:

“I know a bit about our opposition following my brief spell as assistant manager at Ardley United and therefore am looking forward to a tough encounter with a strong and experienced side. After a positive start to the season, we suffered a slight setback midweek but I felt we created enough good chances to win the game, and should have made better decisions defensively in the second half. That said, I have massive trust and confidence in our current squad and therefore this is our chance to get back on the horse and back to winning ways. A lot at stake financially in the FA Cup and the most prestigious competition we will ever take part in, so a massive game all round. Squad wise we are fairly strong. Both Bradley Kirkwood and Hateley Mercer picked up injuries on Tuesday. Tom Wyant, a goal keeper, comes back in from Kempston on loan & Carl Tappin returns to the squad”.

For Tuffley’s perspective on the game click here: http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/tuffley-rovers-make-fa-cup-345235

 

Bell Close, Leighton Buzzard

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Leighton Town 4-0 Oxhey Jets

After all the training sessions, all the pre-season friendlies, all the incomings and outgoings normality has returned to Leighton Town. Maintaining a lot of last seasons squad Town kicked off the new season with an FA Cup tie at home to fellow Spartan side Oxhey Jets. There’s been a lot of positivity around Bell Close in the off season and it showed on the pitch today.

 

The opening was a little slow and tentative from both sides and openings were few and far between. Club captain Dom Marsala had the games first real opportunity with a neat run on the far side and he cut it to shoot he couldn’t get his shot away or pass back and Jets ‘keeper Harry Beaumont did well to claim.

Leighton captain Marsala

 

As the game progressed so did the hosts and after some pleasing football James Towell drove on and cut a effort not far of the mark. Leighton were starting to put pressure on the Jets defence but weren’t getting too many clear cut chances as Lorrel Smith had a shot blocked and cleared for a corner, it met James Hatch but he couldn’t convert his effort on target.

 

The visitors hadn’t made a lot of chances but Brad Kirkwood was alert to danger when it arose quickly claiming as Daniel Taylor drove toward goal.  Leighton thought they had good claim for a penalty not long after a direct run by Smith as he set to shoot he was tackled from behind but the ref didn’t give it.

 

Hatch then nearly had a chance to get the games first goal with an angled shot that was inches off the post the best effort of the game so far. It took a touch for a corner but when it came out to Alex O’Brien he struck a volley well wide.

 

Town finally got the goal their pressure had warranted with Kai Ashley getting the first of the game just on the stroke of half time. Yet again Marsala made a lovely run on the far side and played in a incisive cross to Ashley who was on hand to slot it home.

 

The Jets pushed on a bit more after going behind as Rob Partington took a Jets corner but time after time Town cleared their lines to avert danger after being encamped in the box.

 

Leighton continued to attack The Jets in the second half Smith nearly making it 2-0 as his shot was deflected for a corner. Oxhey Jets were also attacking the Leighton defence in an attempt to get a foothold in the game but after Patru Marius-Cosmin played in Nicholas Kerley his shot was well wide of the mark. Oxhey Jets looked to equalise but Brad Kirkwood made a cracking save to keep Leighton in the lead.

 

Hatch then made the game 2-0 with a cool finish. He had men around him but shrugged them off and put an effortless finish into the bottom right corner. The Jets were still struggling to create many threatening chances and when Jack Robetson found space in the box he skewed his effort well wide.

 

Smith then got Leighton’s third with skill. His first touch looked heavy but he took the ball round the defender and poked it past the keeper.

 

Some say that attack is the best form of defence and that’s exactly what the hosts did getting a 4th soon after. Hatch got his second of the game after an inviting cross from Towell found him, his shot took a deflection but it was still enough to go past Beaumont and into the net.

 

After going 4-0 Leighton saw the game out with relative ease and in truth it was a comfortable afternoon for the hosts playing at The Broadwater. The positivity is beginning to be corroborated with results on the pitch and it was a real team performance today with some easy on the eye football being played. One swallow doesn’t make a summer but if Town continue to play in this vein of form Scott Reynolds ambition to get out of the league may have credentials.

 

However the league season will be long and arduous and Town start it next weekend exactly where they ended the last; away to London Tigers and a repeat of last seasons 7-0 result would be most welcome I’m sure. The boys will return to FA Cup action in a fortnight at home again but before that Town will visit Biggleswade fc on the 15th of August.

Report courtesy of James D’Arcy

PSF: Winslow to host former manager Reynolds’ Leighton

Winslow United welcome back former manager Scott Reynolds as he brings his Leighton Town side to Elmfields Gate for a friendly this evening.

Scott Reynolds

United recorded an excellent victory at Aylesbury on Saturday, courtesy of a Simon King strike.

Kick-off is 7.45pm this evening.

Winslow United v Swindon Town XI – Tuesday 11th July 2017.

 

Announcement: Sports Shots portfolio increasing

Sports Shots are delighted to announce that we have agreed to cover some new clubs from around our area with immediate effect.

With the new season looming, we are adding the following clubs to our list:

Aylesbury FC – Evo-Stick Southern League Division One East, managed by Davis Haule, finished last season in 19th position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/news/

Aylesbury United – Evo-Stick Southern League Division One East, managed by Glyn Creaser, finished last season in 13th position. http://www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/

Banbury United – Evo-Stick Southern League Premier Division, managed by Mike Ford, finished last season in 6th position. http://www.banburyunitedfc.co.uk/

Brackley Town Saints – Hellenic League Premier Division, managed by Gordon Kille, finished last season in thirteenth position. http://www.00svrh.brackleytownfc.com/category/saints/saints-news/

Leighton Town – South Midlands Premier Division, managed by Scott Reynolds, finished last season in sixteenth position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/leightontown

Newport Pagnell Town – United Counties League Premier Division, managed by Darren Lynch, finished last season in tenth position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/newportpagnelltown

Olney Town – United Counties League Division One, managed by Neil Griffiths, finished last season in fourth position. http://www.olneytownfc.com/

We look forward to working closely with these, and all our existing clubs over the coming months.