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Leigh Genesis 0 Garforth Town 5

By Matt Lawton
October 2 2010

Visitors Garforth gained revenge for their league defeat at Crilly Park with five goals in the final fifteen minutes to run out victors in a remarkable FA Trophy tie that saw no less than five players sent off.

Having defeated Garforth by a goal to nil in an Evo-Stik League Division One North fixture last month, Leigh went in to this FA Trophy Preliminary Round tie full of confidence, despite being eliminated from no less than three different cup competitions in the past ten days.

Left back Paul Williams made a return from injury, as did front man Nick Eastham, while winger Paul Hopkins returned from a two match ban served following his red card in last month's thrilling 4-3 FA Cup win at Rossendale.

With Scott Sephton partnering Steve Brockley at the heart of the Leigh defence, the home side looked secure at the back and managed to retain possession for lengthy periods during the first half, even on a heavy pitch after recent rain, a trait that had sadly been lacking from recent games.

The first chance of the game fell the way of Genesis on twenty three minutes when Hopkins delivered a great cross from the right hand side that Nick Eastham was inches away from connecting with in front of goal.

On thirty seven minutes, Eastham beat Garforth goalkeeper Brendan Wood to a James Olsen through ball, with the ball rebounding to John Lawless on the edge of the area who saw his shot cleared from in front of the line with the goalkeeper stranded on the ground. Unfortunately, Wood had picked up an injury in the process of challenging Eastham and, after several minutes of treatment, had to be replaced by substitute goalkeeper Lee Kelsey.

With the scores level at half-time in what had up to that point been a rather dour encounter, the game exploded in to life on sixty one minutes as virtually every player on the pitch became involved in a huge fracas in the centre of the field after a rash challenge from Ben Small on Genesis midfielder Joe Evans. After several minutes of scuffling that the referee struggled to contain and a further few minutes of deliberation with his assistants, the referee chose to show no less than four cards as a result of the melée, with Leigh's Evans and Paul Williams being given their marching orders and followed down the tunnel by Garforth's Ben Small and Declan Normaschild, with the four players even managing to have another scuffle when going down the Crilly Park tunnel.

The red cards meant there were gaping spaces on the field and Leigh heading down the slope, but it was the visitors who grabbed the initiative in what had now become a game of nine-a-side. Steve Brockley cleared a Paul Walker shot off the line on sixty six minutes, but it was to prove only momentary respite for Genesis as the visitors took the lead on seventy five minues when Chris Fisher beat the Leigh offside trap to dribble around goalkeeper Adam Judge and slot home.

Only a minute later and Eastham saw a potential equaliser hacked off the line by Andrew Villerman after beating substitute goalkeeper Lee Kelsey to a through ball, but it was to prove a false dawn for Leigh as they collapsed in the final ten minutes of the game.

Walker missed a sitter on eighty minutes when he somehow managed to put the ball over the bar from only a few yards in front of the gaping goal after Chris Howarth had unselfishly crossed for him, but Garforth managed to grab a vital second goal on eighty five minutes when, with Leigh upfield in search of an equaliser, Garforth pumped a long ball forward to release Adam Priestley, who played a one-two with Walker to receive the ball back and slot past Judge.

Just a minute later and Garforth collected a third goal, again on the counter attack, when Priestley returned the favour from the previous goal and squared the ball for Paul Walker to knock in to the empty net.

A third Leigh red card and fourth Garforth goal arrivd on eighty eight minutes when Chris Howarth played Walker clean through on goal before he was taken out in the penalty area by Scott Sephton with no covering defenders, leaving the referee little choice but to show yet another red card, with Chris Fisher slotting in the resultant spot kick.

The rout was completed in the third minute of stoppage time when a great ball to the back post found Priestley to slot home his second and seal a resounding Garforth win that will no doubt impress managed-to-be Paul Gascoigne when he receives news of it, though it was a win that didn't appear to be on the cards until the final fifteen minutes of the encounter.

Leigh are now left with the task of picking themselves up for a long trip to Harrogate Railway Athletic on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick off) before local rivals and fellow strugglers Salford City are the visitors to Crilly Park for a league fixture next Saturday (9th October, 3pm).

Leigh Genesis; Adam Judge, Danny Lyons, Paul Williams, Scott Sephton, Steve Brockley (James Bell 69), Rowan Garnett, Paul Hopkins, Joe Evans, John Lawless, James Olsen (Joe McKane 59), Nick Eastham (Brodie Kearns 76). Subs (not used); Tom Obasi, Adam Strode

DateSaturday 2nd October 2010
VenueCrilly Park, Atherton
Half timeLeigh Genesis 0 Garforth Town 0
CompetitionFA Trophy Preliminary Round
Garforth Town
Chris Fisher (75)
Adam Priestley (85, 90+3)
Paul Walker (86)
Chris Howarth (89 penalty)
Sent off
Leigh Genesis
Paul Williams (61)
Joe Evans (61)
Scott Sephton (88)
Garforth Town
Declan Normaschild (61)
Ben Small (61)

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Leigh Genesis 0 Garforth Town 5 (IP Logged)
02/10/2010 16:18
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Re: Leigh Genesis 0 Garforth Town 5
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02/10/2010 16:55

The one the only Samantha Teri proud Genite and secret blonde

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02/10/2010 19:42
Samantha Teri
You'll find out once you read my Grand Final-delayed report!

Re: Leigh Genesis 0 Garforth Town 5
Nick_Astra_Army (IP Logged)
02/10/2010 20:55
60? that is worrying same as our record of played 13 competitive games had 8 players sent off.

Re: Leigh Genesis 0 Garforth Town 5
Red City Leyther (IP Logged)
02/10/2010 22:02
60 fans, that is very poor, even Garforth Town had about 20 away fans. Mind with the Colls playing at home today, its expected.We will still carry on watching Leigh.

Re: Leigh Genesis 0 Garforth Town 5
Leyther T (IP Logged)
02/10/2010 22:36
only 1 more cup to get out of then the league is priority for the season, hope we start doing summat otherwise fans are gonna stay away, and maybe even players leave

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