Grice kick­starts Blues’ vic­tory

Leek Post & Times - - FOOTBALL -

LEEK Town recorded back-to­back league wins for the first time since Septem­ber when they beat Ken­dal Town 3-0 at Har­ri­son Park.

The score line looked com­fort­able at the end, but the Mint­cakes were stub­born op­po­si­tion and it wasn’t un­til the fi­nal ten min­utes when Blues added two late goals that the game was safe.

Neil Baker made one change to the side that beat Moss­ley with Jessy Ba­van­ganga start­ing in place of the in­jured Lewis Short.

Blues started on the of­fen­sive and Jor­dan John­son had a free-kick de­flected just wide in the sev­enth minute.

Town took the lead on 24 min­utes when Rob Steven­son’s cross was headed past the keeper from close range by Tim Grice as he scored for the fourth con­sec­u­tive league game.

Soon af­ter Steven­son and Char­lie Wal­ford both had shots saved be­fore Leek were awarded a penalty for a foul on Jor­dan John­son in the 36th minute.

Grice took the spot-kick but held his head in hands as he placed his ef­fort wide of the post.

The vis­i­tors im­proved a lit­tle af­ter the break but Blues young de­fen­sive line held firm re­strict­ing them to a few spec­u­la­tive ef­forts that were un­able to trou­ble Danny Roberts who barely had a save to make in the game.

Steven­son had a good ef­fort on 63 min­utes which curled just wide off the post but it wasn’t un­til the 81st minute that Blues fi­nally killed off the game when Billy Sass-davies scored with a tow­er­ing header that went in off the un­der­side of the bar.

Sub­sti­tute Aaron Bott went close a minute from time when he di­verted Wal­ford’s cross over the cross­bar, but he did score in added time when Steven­son’s par­ried shot reached him at the far post and he stooped to head home.

BLUES: Roberts, Green, Ba­van­ganga, Wal­ford, Sass-davies, San­ders, Maguire, Reeves, Grice (Bott 83), John­son, Steven­son. Un­used subs: Hall, Trick­ett­smith, Wil­shaw, Chap­man


Pho­tos by Pete Stonier

Above, Tim Grice puts his penalty wide just be­fore the break. Be­low left, Jack San­ders tries to find a way through. Be­low right, Char­lie Wal­ford gets stuck in.

Jor­dan John­son breaks for­ward for Leek.

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