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FOOTBALL: North Leigh's bid comes to an end
10:00am Monday 23rd April 2012 in Local Football
North Leigh’s slim chance of making the last remaining Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West play-off place disappeared with a 2-1 home defeat by Poole.
The hosts were already rueing an early miss by John Mills when Poole took the lead after seven minutes.
A weak goal kick by Sam Wa rrell was seized upon by Poole and returned into the six-yard box, from where Carl Preston had a simple tap-in.
Poole skipper Michael Walker saw his rasping header smash against the North Leigh bar and rebound to safety.
The visitors’ second goal came moments later when they headed against a post from a free-kick and Alec Baldacchino, following up, nodded in from close range.
Warrell then denied Poole a third goal with a fine save.
The Millers threw caution to the wind in the second half with a series of attacks.
But even the introduction of substitutes Ben Reardon and Joe Burnell could not break down a resolute defence.
A confident shout for a North Leigh penalty after a trip on Toby Clark in the box, was waved away by the referee.
But a few minutes later a subsequent trip on Elliott Os-borne-Ricketts was given and Stuart Hole calmly tucked the spot-kick away.
North Leigh: Warrell, Hole, Hopkins, Clark, Franklin, Caton, Sanders, Bowles (Reardon 56), Mills (Burnell 56), Osborne-Ricketts, Williams. Subs not used: Organ, Merriman, Crudup.