Grice and Johnson earn Blues a vital away victory
Mossley ........................... 0 Leek Town ....................... 2
LEEK Town picked up only their second win in eight matches in a comfortable victory away to Mossley on Saturday.
Tim Grice and Jordan Johnson got the goals to move the Blues into ninth place in the Evo-stik League Northern First Division West.
They made a bright start, winning a couple of early corners, while Rob Stevenson went close.
They opened the scoring after 20 minutes as Grice found the net.
Mossley responded when a superb ball from Andy Keogh found Ben Halfacre, and his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Danny Roberts.
Lewis Short then picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Jessy Bavanganga.
After the break, a great ball from Johnson found the run of strike partner Grice, but he blasted the effort wide.
The lead was doubled in the 52nd minute when Stevenson’s run and cross reached Charlie Walford, who laid the ball back for Johnson to score.
The Blues were denied a third when Ben Purdham made a good save to deny Jack Sanders – who impressed on his full debut for the Blues – before Stevenson made a run from inside his own half of the pitch but put his effort over the bar.
Stevenson was denied again as the game closed, with Aaron Bott, on for Grice, also kept out by a fine save.
MOSSLEY: Purdham, Richardson, Downey, Harrison (Duffy 60), Nolan, Evans, Abadaki, Keogh (c), Halfacre (Fish 63), Czubik (Leonard 63), Dwyer. Subs not used: Jeffs, Mcgonigle BOOKINGS: Richardson, Nolan BLUES: Roberts, Green, Short (Bavanganga 39), Walford, Sass-davies, Sanders, Maguire, Reeves, Grice (Bott 85), Johnson (Hall 78), Stephenson. Subs not used: Trickett-smith, Chapman BOOKING: Maguire
REFEREE: A Bennett
Leek Town ....................... 1 Runcorn Linnets ............. 4
IN MIDWEEK, Leek went of the Integro League Cup after going down 4-1 to Runcorn Linnets at Harrison Park in midweek.
Boss Neil Baker took the opportunity to shuffle his starting XI, but his options at the back were somewhat limited with both Darren Chadwick and Scott Lycett out injured and new signing Jack Sanders unavailable.
Runcorn went ahead on 22 minutes when Connor Mccarthy was brought down and Danny O’brien made no mistake from the penalty spot.
The Linnets went further ahead early in the second half when Freddie Potter headed home.
Town pulled one back through Aaron Bott when a diagonal ball into the box was guided back across goal by Charlie Walford, leaving Bott an easy finish from close range. Any hope of a comeback was short-lived as the visitors made it 3-1 in the 72nd minute when Potter scored with a stunning 25yard strike that left Danny Roberts rooted to the spot.
The scoring was completed two minutes later when the head of Aaron Morris connected with a cross to head powerfully over Roberts.
BLUES: Roberts, Green, Short (Maguire 79), Grocott, Sassdavies, Bavanganga, Reeves, Trickett-smith (Stevenson 61), Bott, Johnson, Walford. Unused subs: Grice, Hall, Chapman
BUILDING on a great ending to last season, Leek Town Lightning, the club’s under-12 girls team, have gone on this season to remain undefeated.The team have played eight matches, winning seven and drawing one.The strike force have scored a massive 53 goals while the girls have worked together to develop a solid defence, and both goalkeepers have shown determination.The addition of new players during this season has seen the girls go from strength to strength showing a real commitment and dedication to the team.The team recently met with the new kit sponsors – The Reform Inn, of Thorncliffe – who were overjoyed with the success of the girls and were delighted to have a photo of them in their new kits.