Blues exit Beds Senior Cup
Arlesey Town 0 Leighton Town 1 ARLESEY Town will end the season without silverware after crashing out of the Beds Senior Cup. And for the third time in their last four games, the Blues lost to a goal in the final minute. With everyone expecting an extra 3
Arlesey Town 0 Leighton Town 1
ARLESEY Town will end the season without silverware after crashing out of the Beds Senior Cup.
And for the third time in their last four games, the Blues lost to a goal in the final minute.
With everyone expecting an extra 30 minutes, the visitors bundled home the winner and the only goal on Tuesday night.
The home side were forced to make changes from Saturday's line-up.
Craig Reynolds, Obi Nene and James Dillnutt were missing from the starting XI although the last two were pressed into service on the bench.
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On the plus side, Luke Howard returned in goal.
Visitors Leighton Town are still in with an outside chance of the play-offs in the BGB Midlands Division and were slight favourites to progress.
The match was not without further problems for the hosts as both central defenders Paul Oliva and Shane Brown left the action with ankle injuries.
The contest was largely fought out in midfield, although Leighton's late pressure probably meant they deserved it.
Arlesey almost took the lead in the seventh minute as a free-kick from Lee Tekell (shown left) landed in the six-yard area and Brown saw his close-range shot blocked by keeper Maarman who knew little about the save.
Howard was soon in action palming away a free-kick by Wilson, but was powerless to prevent a cross from Fagan finding Copson whose volley cannoned off the underside of the bar for the rebound to finish in the trees.
In the 37th minute, Arlesey lost skipper Oliva with an ankle injury, Tom Beech substituted, with Leon Gutzmore dropping back into midfield.
Howard made two smart saves as the interval approached from Silvestri and a fine block from the attack-minded Copson.
The Blues were forced into a further reshuffle when Brown came off injured and Dillnutt was pressed into service in the centre of defence.
Play became aimless again after the break - Howard again came off his line to block a shot from Copson after the home defence had hesitated, while a fine run and shot from Ide Okojie was the best home effort.
Arlesey almost went ahead in the 87th minute when a cross from Owen Beale was headed narrowly wide at the near post.
Play switched to the home end and as the Arlesey defence failed to clear following a scramble, Silvestri bundled home the winner.
Leighton will now meet the winners of the other semi-final (Stotfold versus Potton United) in the final at Luton Town's Kenilworth Road in May.