Leighton’s season was kicked off in style on Tuesday with that 4-3 win over Brackley Town Saints and that win could prove to be invaluable as Leighton looked very confident against Broxbourne in a comprehensive win.
As is the norm from Leighton Town it was a strong start, and were unlucky not to be 1-0 up in the opening exchanges; Craig Maisiri took a corner it was cleared off the line, Matt Bateman received it and hit the post.
Like on Tuesday Leighton were constantly on the attack and were playing some lovely football, Matt Hewitt started it with a run on the near side, Ben Gallant received it played in Bateman who laid it back off to Gallant and he hit a curling shot which was only just past the post as the Broxbourne keeper was beaten.
However the visitors grew into the game as the half went on and themselves were creating some good chances. Brodie Couzins crossed it to Oluwatobi Omotosho his shot was blocked, Tommy Hunn then got it but his wayward effort was eventually saved by Sillitoe in the Leighton goal.
Then a Broxbourne corner wasn’t quite dealt with resulting in Hunn having a free header that wasn’t too far wide. The next Broxbourne corner was even more dangerous it was taken by Cullen French cleared only as far as David leon-Coello he crossed it to Omotosho he turned and shot an inch wide and it was unlucky.
The game had to be stopped midway through the first half as Patrick Campbell landed awkwardly on his shoulder from an innocuous tackle but after some treatment was ok to come back on.
After this spell of Broxbourne pressure Leighton tried to get back on the attack again Hewitt made a lovely cross to an onrushing Maisiri who had he got a touch on it would have caused problems for the Broxbourne ‘keeper.
It was 0-0 at half time but Leighton started the second strongly and after Maisiri put in another good corner, Bateman had a free header that wasn’t far over.
Bateman was involved in the next good bit of Leighton football as he played in Gallant with a nice through ball but his effort was deflected for a Leighton corner.
It was this corner that led to Leighton’s first goal. Maisiri swung it into the box there was a scramble and Marcus Campbell was the Johnny on the spot and duly slotted it into the bottom corner on the 51st minute.
Campbell was unlucky not to make it 2-0 not long after. Campbell received the ball just outside the area but his fierce strike produced a wonderful save from the Broxbourne keeper.
Leighton were fairly comfortable in this second half but Leighton always had the potential to cause Broxbourne more problems demonstrated perfectly when a Gallant cross had to be cleared off the line by Couzins.
Credit to Broxbourne they were trying to get back in the game and Hunn had a free header go just over and the warning signs were there for Town. Broxbourne would’ve equalised through substitute Zarko Zaharieu but Sillitoe pulled out a top save to push it out for a corner.
The corner was cleared expertly by Leighton and Campbell countered, running the whole pitch on his own he pulled it back for an onrushing Gallant to strike but he was fouled just inside the box and the referee gave Leighton a penalty.
Gallant stepped up to take it and struck low into the bottom corner, the keeper guessed the right way but couldn’t get anything on it, 2-0.
2-0 it finished and again it was a very good performance from the boys. This first league win moves Town up to 18th and it was well deserved with good attacking intent again.
Leighton are in cup action next week, first up is a trip to St Neot’s reserves in the League Cup on Tuesday before travelling up to Northampton ON Chenecks next Saturday in the FA Vase.
We would also like to thank One Delivery Leighton Buzzard for their generous sponsorship of today’s game. They picked defender Jamie Clarke as their Man of the Match.