Grice and John­son earn Blues a vi­tal away vic­tory

Leek Post & Times - - FOOTBALL -

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

AT­TEN­DANCE: 151

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.

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