Leighton inflict derby day defeat on the Eagles

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Bedford Town lost their first home league game of the season to county rivals Leighton Town on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles threw nearly everything at the Leighton goal from the off. Just 35 seconds in, Leighton keeper Dan Child saved from Rob Parker.

Within two minutes, Child was beaten by an angled shot from Aaron King, but the ball was kept out by Mark Bunker’s goal-line clearance that hit team mate Chris Crook before rebounding to Sam Macrae, whose own shot hit the side netting.

Josh Winters then sprung the offside trap, and should have done better than the tame shot aimed at Child.

After such a spirited start, Bedford should have been at least two goals to the good, but instead, fell behind in the 23rd minute when Phil Draycott directed the ball goalwards from a Leighton corner.

Joe Hopewell had to hook the ball off the line, and Lester Christian fired the clearance back into the net.

The goal took the wind out of the sails of the home side, and it wasn’t until late in the half that the Eagles troubled the Leighton defence.

A corner in from the right was headed in the right direction by Macrae, only to see another goal line clearance; this time from Tyrone Taylor.

Joe Hopewell then tried an audacious lob from 35 yards; Child was beaten and the ball bounced off the top of the bar.

Eight minutes into the second half, Bedford went two goals down when Paul Lyon crossed into the area, and Draycott had the easiest of tap-ins to increase the lead.

Glasscoe and Macrae contrived a one-two in the Leighton area, with 20 minutes left on the clock, but the timely intervention of a Leighton defender thwarted the move.

A few minutes on, desperate defending from the visiting side denied shots from Macrae and Scott Cross.

Winters again beat the offside trap, late in the game, but Alvin Rajaram raced across to push the ball away.

The last real chance for Bedford came just before the whistle when Russell Bull’s cross was hit wide by Winters.

Ultimately, Bedford were made to pay for not punishing their opponents when they were on top in the game, and hopefully a valuable lesson has been learned by Craig Adams’ side.