With just 1 point from 7 games, Town needed to fight and search for a win.
They lined up as follows: Kirkwood, Bryant, Silford, Murphy (C), Osborne, Foulger, Webb, Fredericks, McClelland, Newbury-Barr, Towell.
Town started very brightly, James Towell firing a drive towards Leslie’s near post, the latter parrying the shot away.
Chambers, for the hosts, entered the book early on in the game after kicking the ball away.
Town continued to apply pressure on the United rearguard, Jordon Fredericks the next to have a go from distance.
Then came a big chance, Danny Webb’s first of the game. He got down the right flank and drove inside, but saw his shot turned behind by Leslie.
Shortly after, Webb had another go at goal, this time Leslie saving low with his feet, to stop Town from going in front.
Just 1 minute later as the game entered it’s second third, United opened the scoring.
Town’s dominance was undone through a free header from James Smith after a good corner.
United began to grab a foothold in the game after their opener, moving the ball with ease around the surface at Second Meadow.
Their captain, Manny Richardson, was shown a yellow for a shocking tackle on Newbury-Barr just before half-time.
That tackle saw Newbury-Barr replaced at half-time, Les Barker coming on in his place.
Danny Webb again got in behind the defence, but dragged his shot wide, aiming for the far post.
Neufville was the next to receive a yellow for the hosts, his late tackle on Bryant getting him a deserved caution.
Town continued to hunt for an equaliser and McClelland nearly turned the ball in with his thigh after Webb’s ball in!
Chances continued to come and go for Town. James Towell the next to be denied by Leslie, who got out well to smother the shot.
Tom Bryant was next in line to have a go. Towell feed him up on the edge of the box, but numerous United bodies managed to keep the ball out.
Danny Webb got away down the wing once more, but his low effort from a tight angle was saved by with ease by Leslie.
Town continued to dominate and with the game entering its final 20 minutes, they kept on trying to find an equaliser.
Tom Silford entered the book, but I have no idea what for!
Time ticked by and Town couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net!
Danny Webb had ANOTHER chance, this time his shot going over the bar.
He then broke clear of his marker to whip a fierce ball across the box and with Towell ready to tap him, Smith managed to hook it away.
With 5 minutes of normal time to go and Town peppering the United goal, you know exactly what was going to happen...
The story of the season goes on and United extended their lead.
Former Town front-man, Lorrell Smith, broke free of Foulger’s clutches and finished past Kirkwood. 2-0.
A stoppage for about 5 minutes was the next period of action, with Brian Foulger receiving treatment and then carried off by John Rutherford and Captain, Dave Murphy. Antony Leslie came on in his place, making his competitive debut for Town, after spending time out on the injury table.
Once play got back underway, Town got back on the front foot immediately, with 8 minutes of stoppage time ready to be played.
James Towell was denied by another top save by Ollie Leslie, as the game entered the dying moments.
Archie McClelland was then substituted for Kuda Butawo. Butawo was straight into the thick of it and he won a penalty for the boys in light blue, after being brought down in the box after some tidy foot work. Danny Webb stepped up and slotted the ball home into the corner.
The referee’s whistle blew straight after the restart and Town saw themselves slip to defeat. Another very frustrating time, with Town unable to take loads of chances.
On Saturday we welcome Hadleigh United to Bell Close in the FA Vase.