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North Leigh
H Landers (27' Pen, 52' Pen), R James (56')
Full time
T Deacon (2')
Tue 8 Jan 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Division One Central Attendance 59

North Leigh 3 Aylesbury FC 1

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Report by Dan Legg

The Moles travelled to North Leigh for the second time this season following a floodlight failure a few weeks earlier at Eynsham Park. The visiting side would have taken great confidence into the game following a hard-fought draw with Welwyn Garden City days earlier.
Paul Bonham made two changes to his side, with Brian Haule returning up front, whilst Jordan Frederick started in central midfield, with Jordan Jenkins and Bruno Brito both unavailable.

The Moles had an opportunity to move seven points clear of the relegation places with victory, and despite playing uphill broke the deadlock within two minutes. Harry Scott kept the ball in play expertly on the right-hand side, before crossing low into the North Leigh to set up Ty Deacon who slotted home low into the bottom left corner after finding space between two defenders.

The Millers seemed to take the early setback in their stride and began to control the game in midfield. Both Henry Landers and Noah Alabi looked threatening for the hosts with the latter setting up the former for the host’s first clear-cut chance to equalise. Landers fired towards goal at close range, but Nick Bennion showed cat-like reactions to preserve the clean sheet before Jordan Frederick ran the ball out of danger.
Just minutes later though, North Leigh were level. Alabi got the wrong side of Dan Carr, who left a leg dangling - despite minimal contact, Alabi went down and the referee pointed to the spot. Landers stepped up and sent Nick Bennion sprawling the wrong way, cooly slotting home high into the right-hand corner of the net.

On the stroke of half time Aylesbury created an opportunity to go back to the changing rooms ahead, Brian Haule intercepted a sloppy pass in midfield, before laying off Carl Tappin who played a deft through ball to Harry Scott on the wing. The youngster bided his time and waited for Tappin who was busting a gut to get into the box, the cross was marginally too deep, and the midfielder could not connect.

Half Time – North Leigh 1 Aylesbury FC 1

The visitors came out strongest in the second period and were almost ahead just two minutes into the half. A searching through ball from the Millers’ back line diverted the FC defence, sending Alabi through one-on-one with Nick Bennion, again the keeper performed heroics to keep out the shot, standing tall and parrying the strongly struck effort away from goal.
The previous save was to be all in vain, as lightning struck twice. Alabi was again fouled by Dan Carr in the penalty area, this time nobody could have any complaints. Again, Landers was given the responsibility, stepped up with a carbon copy of his first spot-kick for his second of the night and ninth of the season.

The Moles were at sixes and sevens at the back following the goal, and the hosts soon increased their lead. North Leigh broke rapidly after a Harry Scott free kick was headed away - Roger James sprinted into the box with Nick Bennion blocked his effort but the ball ballooned up and span into the net with Sam Odusoga unable to make a goal saving clearance on the line.

The Moles looked to get back into the game with some additional fire power off the bench in the form of Ryan Young, who had Aylesbury’s best opportunity of the second half, heading just wide from an inviting Dan Carr cross.

Full Time – North Leigh 3 Aylesbury FC 1
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Key moments

Goal Ty Deacon scores for Aylesbury
Scored Penalty Henry Landers scores a penalty for North Leigh
Scored Penalty Henry Landers scores a penalty for North Leigh
Goal Roger James scores for North Leigh


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90:00 Yellow Card
Davis Haule is yellow carded for Aylesbury
90:00 Player of the Match
Carl Tappin is awarded player of the match for Aylesbury
79:00 Sub On
Alfi Touceda is substituted on for Aylesbury
79:00 Sub Off
Carl Tappin is substituted off for Aylesbury
60:00 Sub Off
Jordan Frederick is substituted off for Aylesbury
60:00 Sub On
Davis Haule is substituted on for Aylesbury
56:00 Goal 3 - 1
Roger James scores for North Leigh
54:00 Sub On
Ryan Young is substituted on for Aylesbury
54:00 Sub Off
Martin Griggs is substituted off for Aylesbury
52:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 1
Henry Landers scores a penalty for North Leigh
End of period 1
27:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 1
Henry Landers scores a penalty for North Leigh
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ty Deacon scores for Aylesbury
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • North Leigh
  • Aylesbury
  • 0
  • Ty Deacon Goal 2:00'
  • Henry Landers Scored Penalty 27:00'
  • Henry Landers Scored Penalty 52:00'
  • Ryan Young Sub On 54:00'
  • Martin Griggs Sub Off 54:00'
  • Roger James Goal 56:00'
  • Jordan Frederick Sub Off 60:00'
  • Davis Haule Sub On 60:00'
  • Alfi Touceda Sub On 79:00'
  • Carl Tappin Sub Off 79:00'
  • Davis Haule Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

North Leigh
  • 1. Eddie Cavanagh
  • 2. Jordy Ngathe
  • 3. Declan Peart
  • 4. Rory Linford-Pill
  • 5. Andy Gunn
  • 6. Alfie Grant
  • 7. Roger James
  • 8. Harry Grant
  • 9. George Seacole
  • 10. Henry Landers
  • 11. Noah Alabi
  • 12. Joshua Pin
  • 13. Nathan Simms
  • 14. Alfie Saunders


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
14. Welwyn Garden City 21 26
15. Aylesbury United 22 26
16. Kempston Rovers 22 24
17. Dunstable Town 22 22
18. Aylesbury 24 18
19. North Leigh 22 17
20. Kidlington 22 14

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