Waders win at Leamington

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Biggleswade Town delivered an early Christmas present to their fans with a 1-0 win at Southern League Premier big boys Leamington on Saturday.

They now go into two home games over the festive period comfortably mid-table and just six points off the play-off places.

It was Town’s first visit to the Windmill ground where a strong gusting wind from right to left made conditions difficult.

For the cynical, it would have been easy to point to Leamington’s FA Trophy replay next Tuesday as the reason for this home defeat but that would take all credit away from the men in green.

Biggleswade came out to do a job and limited the home team’s chances to one in the first period. Breeden in the Leamington goal acted more like a sweeper, his powerful clearances defying the wind with the distance achieved.

On 24 minutes Inih Effiong ran into space and was found by Craig Daniel - Inih made no mistake from the edge of the box, beating Breeden with ease to put Biggleswade in front.

At the back the return of Gavin Hoyte playing along side Lewis, York and Coulson kept things tight and controlled the play backed up by keeper Ian Brown. Industry in the midfield was supplied by the ever improving Shane Hill and Ian Rees.

In the second period the Waders continued to press back the home side.

With time ticking away a rash tackle by No5 James Mace saw the referee have no hesitation in waving a red card. Chris Marsh, the recipient of the tackle, needed treatment but thankfully was able to continue.

Leamington played better with ten men. A late corner, with keeper Breeden in attendance, bounced around the Waders’ area and a full shout, more in hope, that the ball had crossed the line was dismissed by the referee and linesman.

With five extra played, Biggleswade were content to play the ball around to the frustration of the home team and crowd alike.

This was a double celebration as Waders have beaten Leamington at the Langford Road earlier in the season.

Next up is St Neots at home on Boxing Day, kick off 3pm, followed by a rearranged home fixture against Cambridge City on Tuesday night.