Positive signs despite defeat

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LEIGH Genesis once again gave a good account of themselves in their latest Evo-Stik League First Division North outing but, not for the first time in recent weeks, ultimately fell short despite an encouraging performance.

After coming close to taking something from promotion chasers Skelmersdale United in a 3-2 midweek defeat, Genesis boss Alan Kershaw had the rare luxury of being able to name an identical starting eleven as his side made the short trip to take on Salford City.

Genesis started the brightest and twice created early opportunities when first Connor Millington fired over the crossbar after a well-crafted second minute move when Nikos Papargiris laid the ball off from a Stuart Rudd cross before Nathan McDonald saw a volley from the edge of the box blocked by Matt Cross in the tenth minute.

Salford’s first real chance came after 15 minutes when they were denied by an excellent double save from Leigh goalkeeper Phil Priestley.

Nathan McDonald saw a shot turned around the post for a corner as Leigh continued to push forward, but they fell behind on 24 minutes when Redshaw slammed the ball past Priestley from six yards out after an Adam Morning corner had been nodded down into his path.

Salford doubled their lead on the hour mark when Leigh were caught out by a quick Morning free kick that released Redshaw to clip the ball inside the far post and effectively seal the three points for the hosts.

Genesis substitute Neil Smith cracked the ball against Andy Robertson’s post late on and Nathan McDonald saw a shot fly past the post but they were unable to trouble the scorers and instead once again left to reflect on what might have been.

Leigh have a rare free midweek schedule before they welcome fellow strugglers Ossett Albion to Crilly Park next Saturday (April 2) for a 3pm kick off.

Leigh Genesis; Priestley, Webb (Ellison 77), Dempsey, Grisedale, Flint, Ferrigan, McDonald (Smith 46), Millington, Rudd, McDonald, Papargiris (McDonald 68). Subs (not used); Kelly, Farrimond