North Leigh fall to 5th successive league defeat after a spirited performance isn’t enough to stop the Lilywhites from taking all three points back to Cambridgeshire.
Roger James opened the scoring inside 10 minutes after a crossfield ball by George Seacole gave James a chance from just outside the box where his shot found the back of the net, much to the delight of the home fans.
Loanee goalkeeper Tom Molloy from Abingdon United made a number of terrific saves during the first half but two goals before the break saw Cambridge go in at half-time leading 2-1. Both goals, worthy of beating any keeper, were from outside the box and found the top corner.
Playing uphill in the second half, North Leigh managed to make more of an impact on the game and worked well in possession creating several chances. However, they saw their deficit increase after an own goal by Josh Pin made it 3-1 to the visitors. His deflected looped over keeper Molloy who was caught in no man’s land.
Shortly after that winger Noah Alabi was brought on with his first appearance since a hamstring injury ended his game early against AFC Dunstable. The fresh pace was more than a challenge for the tiring defence and he won his team a penalty after being brought down in the box after a menacing charge. Midfielder Jack Tutton was the man chosen to take it and he calmly buried the ball to give the home fans a glimmer of hope with five minutes to go.
Tall defender Andy Gunn was sent forward as a clear target man as the Millers pushed for an equaliser but a bizarre injury time goal put the game to bed. A dubious back pass led to a quickly taken indirect free-kick which was scored by Ebby Nelson-Addy who doubled his tally for the night and led his team to a 4-2 victory at Eynsham Park.