North Leigh Secure an Unexpected Point from League Leaders Taunton Town
North Leigh fight hard to earn their first point since December
North Leigh 1 – 1 Taunton Town
The league leaders were probably expecting an easy game away against North Leigh who have only picked up a single point since December and as a consequence have dropped down the league table into the relegation places. True, Taunton dominated play in both halves but their usual cutting edge was missing and Leigh rode their luck as well as scoring a good goal to deservedly take a share of the points.
In fact on 9 minutes Leigh nearly took the lead as Jamie Cook fed a defence splitting through ball to fellow Leigh striker George Seacole one on one with Taunton keeper Lloyd Irish who did well to palm the ball away from Seacole’s shot. However Taunton were pressing hard and after a low cross from the left somehow evaded the Taunton strikers in the Leigh box on 12 minutes, they took the lead three minutes later as a rebounded ball out of the Leigh defence landed in open space 25 yards from the Leigh goal. Craig Veal for Taunton raced towards the ball along with Leigh keeper Ross Grimshaw. Veal got to the ball a fraction before the keeper and neatly flicked it past him into the unprotected goal.
Further numerous attacks from the away side through the half failed to prise open a solid Leigh defence which stood firm and as the half drew to a close Seacole was unlucky on two occasions, first to see him nearly convert a cross from close range at the far post and secondly shortly after to see his firm header from a corner strike the bar.
HT: North Leigh 0 – 1 Taunton Town
The second half saw Taunton’s Matt Wright blast a shot over the bar from close range on 47 minutes. However in a rare Leigh attack the ball was delivered into the Taunton penalty area on 56 minutes to Leigh’s Declan Shepperd and, although closely marked and with his back to goal, he managed to swivel and cracked a left foot shot from 12 yards that flew past the unsighted keeper into the bottom far corner.
With over half an hour to go it seemed unlikely that the Millers would withstand the talented strike force of the visitors, and although Taunton brought on all three substitutes, they couldn’t prise open the home defence bravely led by centre backs Elliott Keightley and Brad Chalmers. For the remainder of the game Taunton attacked constantly with occasional break outs by Leigh. Grimshaw in goal made a couple of excellent saves in the final few minutes and the whole team defended for their lives to withstand everything that Taunton threw at them. Indeed on a couple of occasions close to the final whistle a couple of half chances occurred for the Millers, but it was not to be and a share of the points was reward enough in a brave resilient display.
FT: North Leigh 1 – 1 Taunton Town
North Leigh: Grimshaw, Lymn, Harvey (Green 86), Strong, Keightley, Chalmers, Shepperd, Simpson, Seacole, Cook (Carroll 81), Grabe Subs not used: McGlynn, Mattock, Brough
Referee: Mr Matthew Perry from Cheltenham