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North Leigh had Toby Clark controversially sent off as they went down to their second successive Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West loss in a 3-1 defeat to Evesham at Eynsham Park on Saturday.

The midfielder was given his marching orders just before half-time after a challenge with Evesham’s Simon Fitter as North Leigh looked to cancel out James Blake’s opener.

The Millers bossed the opening exchanges, with Tom Cross doing well to tip over a ferociously-hit free-kick from Lewis Coyle on nine minutes.

John Mills then saw his shot from John Else’s pass rebound off the Evesham stopper.

But the hosts were rocked when Evesham took the lead against the run of play, Blake, beating Sam Warrell from a tight angle.

The Millers pushed hard for an equaliser, but Kieran Sanders shot high and wide with only the keeper to beat.

However, North Leigh were reduced to ten men when Clark was sent off.

After the break, it got worse for the Millers when Leigh Downing doubled their lead from the penalty spot.

Carl Brown made it 3-0 when he beat Warrellwith a speculative shot.

Caton headed in Sanders’s cross from close range in injury time, but the damage had been done as the Millers misery continued.

North Leigh: Warrell, Hole (Caton 56), Hopkins, Turk, Franklin, Westlake, Else, Clark, Mills (Deabill 56), Sanders, Coyle (Alexis 56). Sub not used: Organ.

Attendance: 79.

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