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FOOTBALL: North Leigh beaten in seven-goal thriller
10:20am Monday 29th October 2012 in Football
North Leigh maintained their reputation for high-scoring games, but were edged out 4-3 away to tough opponents Cinderford Town in Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West on Saturday.
Cinderford took the lead after 15 minutes when the unmarked Alex Evans headed past visiting keeper Sam Warrell.
After Matt Barnes had seen a shot strike the bar for the hosts, North Leigh equalised just before half-time. A corner, taken by Lewis Coyle, was directed towards Wayne Turk on the edge of the box and his clean crisp shot found the corner of the net.
Playing with the wind in the second half, the Millers pushed forward, but they were hit by two goals in a minute.
Big home striker Lewis Sommers headed home from a corner and then pacy winger Lee Smith scored from distance after a mazy run past three defenders.
Manager Mark Gee introduced all three substitutes.
One of them, Jimmy Deabill (p[ictured), got the Yellows back in the game as he flicked a ball delivered by James Organ past the keeper after 69 minutes.
Turk then had an effort disallowed before lively Cinderford striker Scott Wilson chested home their fourth – again from a corner.
With time running out, the Yellows threw everything at the home side.
Kieran Sanders, in his comeback game following injury, drifted past three defenders and from the edge of the box hit an unstoppable shot for Millers’ third goal – but it was too little, too late North Leigh: Warrell, Westlake (Hole 57), Organ, Turk, Franklin, Caton, Coyle (Deabill 62), Clark, Mills, Else (Sanders 52), Hopkins.