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Tuesday April 5th 2022 ko 19:45

Spartan South Midlands League-Premier Division

LEIGHTON TOWN 1 (Morgan 53)

LEVERSTOCK GREEN 1 (Seale 83)

Att 304

Entry £7

Programme- Online only/ Non-downloadable

In the end I was surprised I hadn’t taken my wife Robyn here a lot earlier! Leighton Buzzard isn’t the most difficult place to get to from Oxford, and Bell Close is a ground full of character too. I did though manage to forget to get there early, the car park does fill up quickly and I did have to park rather “Creatively!”

That does hint at the fact that Leighton Town’s attendances are extremely healthy; clearly they haven’t lost any of their fanbase since relegation from the Southern League in 2016. You’d argue that the only loss in status since then is on the pitch, and even then, not by much. 

But for the casual visitor please start by not putting “Bell Close, Leighton Buzzard” into your satnav. You’ll end up in Cublington, a small village 6 miles west of the ground. Aim for Lake Street, in Leighton Buzzard instead, and look out for the filling station. 

You soon realise the reason for the car park being full is that this is a multi-sports venue, there’s tennis and the adjacent cricket ground was only permanently separated from the football ground in 1984. Even now the the walkway on the cricket side is narrow, which I rather liked- it acts as a nod back to the past. Elsewhere the terracing, the covered enclosure behind the far goal, and that wonderful main stand make this somewhere any groundhopper will enjoy. I did miss the gazebo that used to act as a tiny press box, which was in situ when I visited here in October 2004. Just the concrete base remains these days, which did at least prove my memory isn’t playing tricks with me!

It was a good game to watch, the commitment was total but just when we all thought the hosts had just about done enough for a win, Leverstock managed to equalise through the wonderfully named Rawn Seale. You could see I was glued to the action…