BLAKE HERO­ICS SAL­VAGE DRAW

The Non-League Football Paper - - RYMAN PREMIER - By David Rees

LEIS­TON lead­ing scorer Matt Blake sal­vaged a point when it seemed cer­tain a slick En­field Town side were go­ing to claim a first win at Vic­tory Road.

Blake struck deep into stop­page time as two pro­mo­tion hope­fuls couldn’t be sep­a­rated.

The vis­i­tors started well, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a plush play­ing sur­face but not trou­bling the home rear­guard.

Leis­ton fi­nally found rhythm, stretch­ing the vis­i­tors’ de­fence with­out forg­ing any­thing where it mat­tered, in the En­field box.

They then twice went close at the start of the sec­ond half as the game be­gan to open up. But En­field took the lead just af­ter the hour mark.

Scott Shul­ton ex­changed passes in­side the box be­fore drilling a fine strike across Ja­cob Mars­den.

Then fol­lowed a 20-minute pe­riod of En­field dom­i­nance, with count­less cor­ners and a ter­rific save from Mars­den to deny Tyler Campbell a match­win­ning sec­ond goal.

Sud­denly Leis­ton sensed a way back and, in the fifth minute of stop­page time, Niko Muir-Mer­chant cre­ated space on the edge of the box to drill an ef­fort that Nathan McDonald spilled into the path of a grate­ful Matt Blake, who swept home his 24th of the sea­son.

STAR MAN: Jack Ains­ley (Leis­ton) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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