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Burton Albion 0 Leigh RMI 1


Dino Maamria

By Jordan Reay
January 19 2003

Leigh RMI ran out 1-0 winners at Burton Albion today and collected three precious points to help with their relegation battle.

Leigh RMI ran out 1-0 winners at Burton Albion today and collected three precious points to help with their relegation battle.

Dino Maamria's 13th minute strike secured the points for the Railwaymen in an exciting ecounter at Eton Park. The Tunisian striker marked his return from injury with his 14th goal of the season.

Albion had the better chances early on but Leigh caught Burton against the run of play and Maamria fired home from the edge of the penalty area. Maamria almost doubled his tally but his shot sailed over the cross bar. Phil Salt also shot wide with a long ranged effort.

Former England International Andy Sinton went close for Albion when his low shot crept inches wide on 20 minutes. On the stroke of half time Burton nearly got their well deserved equaliser, when Aaron Webster's shot was gathered safely by RMI goalkeeper Stuart Coburn.

The second half brought more of the same, again Burton starting the strongest. Player-Manager Nigel Clough went close just after the interval, but his 20 yard effort went wide. Albion's best chance came on the 51st minuted when Aaron Webster's through ball found Dale Anderson, but his tight angled shot skimmed the far post.

Maamria again almost netted a second but his shot from the edge of the area went wide.

Although the home side piled on the pressure in the closing stages of the game, they could not find the equaliser. Another Nigel Clough shot was saved by Coburn and two headers from Darren Stride were both saved comfortably by Stuart Coburn.

RMI are still in the relegation zone but are putting pressure on the teams above. Another good win like this against Woking, at Hilton Park, next week should pull Leigh back up to the safety positions.

Burton Albion: Camp, Henshaw, Wassall, Hoyle, Webster, Stride, Clough, Glasser, Sinton, O'Halloran, Anderson. Subs: Talbot, Farrell, Dudley, Burns, Gough.

Leigh RMI: Coburn, Durkin, Lancaster, Fitzhenry, Williams, Whittaker, Harrison, Salt, Kielty, Bent, Maamria. Subs: Heald, Courtney, Maden, John Robertson, Bates.

Referee: D Richardson (Halifax)

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