LEIGH Genesis failed to capitalise on their midweek win at Mossley as they were comfortably beaten by high-flying Skelmersdale United.
After producing a magnificently dominant performance to win 2-0 at mid-table Mossley, Leigh struggled to hit similar heights as Skem climbed to second position in the Evo-Stik League First Division North table behind leaders Chester.
Genesis boss Alan Kershaw made two changes to Tuesday’s victory with player/coach Andy Heald returning to the side in a move that saw Steve Smith drop to the substitute’s bench, while the absence of Sam Fairhurst allowed a return for front man Stuart Rudd.
Despite striking the bar twice in the first half, Skelmersdale were unable to break down the Leigh defence as the game remained goalless at the break, though it took only 12 minutes of the second period for Skem to finally break Leigh’s resistance when a poor clearance landed at the feet of Steve Akrigg, who made no mistake in slotting past Phil Priestley.
That lead was doubled seven minutes later when a defensive mix up between Connor Millington and Simon Pendlebury allowed Chris Almond to break through and punish the Leigh mistake.
Skelmersdale added a third goal with 17 minutes remaining when one-time Genesis trialist Karl O’Donnell was left unmarked to tap home at the far post before the scoring was completed with a minute of normal time remaining when a rare Priestley mistake saw him unable to securely claim a corner that allowed substitute Shaun Tuck to get a fourth Skem goal.
Leigh travel to the Wirral to take on Cammell Laird on Saturday, March 5, at 3pm.