The Reds rally to share the points

WOODFORD United came from behind to share the points in an eight-goal thriller at Leighton Buzzard where the home team let slip an early advantage of three goals on Saturday.

Neil Lazarus, who has played for both Woodford and Daventry Town, fired Leighton Town into an early lead with further scoring efforts coming from both Grant Fryer and Bilal Hassan.

Defender Chris Jackson then headed home to reduce the Reds’ arrears but James McNulty appeared to have wrapped up all three points for the home team with another goal early in the second-half.

Manager Phil Mason’s Woodford team’s never-say-die however and sure enough the visitors hit back with a couple of goals from Glen Hawkins who is now enjoying a third stay at Byfield Road.

Matt Hill equalised for Woodford in the 80th minute of an entertaining game.

Elsewhere the only major surprises came when unbeaten league-leaders Bedworth United needed a late own goal to earn a 3-3 draw at Northwood while Rugby Town dropped two points in a 1-1 home draw against lowly Barton Rovers.

Bedworth led twice but ultimately relied upon an 86th minute own goal to steal a point on a day when Rugby Town will be none too pleased at needing a second-half headed goal from Seb Hamilton to earn a point against Barton at Butlin Road.

Slough Town relied upon two last-minute goals when beating newcomers Fleet Town by 3-0 and StNeots were comfortable 4-1 home winners over Chalfont St.Peter.

Altogether the 11 Central Division games produced a total of 49 goals.

Neither Ashford Town nor North Greenford contributed to this total in a goal-less draw but Chertsey Town led the way in beating Uxbridge by 5-4 to record their first win at step four level.

Biggleswade were 4-2 winners at Burnham, Beaconsfield won 2-1 at AFC Hayes and Aylesbury beat bottom-of-the-table Bedfont Town by a similar margin as a host of clubs closed in on Bedworth at the head of the Central Division table.