United Leek­ing at the back

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - LEEK TOWN ........................................... 6 SKELMERSDALE UNITED .................. 0 BY SI­MON DRISCOLL

AF­TER con­sec­u­tive aban­don­ment’s, United com­pleted 90 min­utes with a trip to Leek Town which saw a 6-0 ham­mer­ing.

Sec­ond half braces from Robert Steven­son and Aaron Bott fol­lowed a Marc Gro­cott strike af­ter Leek led 1-0 at half-time af­ter Jor­dan John­son’s 43rd minute opener.

Paul McNally handed de­buts to Ben Giverin, Ro­nan Darcy and Marvin Molyneux while Ge­orge Atkin­son made a rare start with the squad hit by ill­ness and the sus­pen­sion of James O’Hara fi­nally tak­ing place.

An early free-kick for United saw Danny Roberts save com­fort­ably from long range be­fore a cross from Robert Steven­son took a de­flec­tion be­fore be­ing saved by Liam Bo­den.

The hosts’ first chance of the af­ter­noon came on 20 min­utes as Billy Sass-Davies headed just over from a cor­ner.

Leek for­ward Tim Grice then volleyed over from Marc Gro­cott’s cross ahead of a su­perb goal-line clear­ance from Alex Grif­fiths from a Jack Saun­ders header with Niall Maguire fir­ing over the re­bound.

United were lucky not to fall be­hind when Gro­cott’s low cross flew across goal with Grif­fiths sav­ing the day again.

United’s best chance of the first half came on the half hour mark as Ro­nan Darcy’s shot from out­side the area headed for the top cor­ner with him be­ing de­nied by a su­perb save from Roberts.

Tom Molyneux tried his luck from just in­side the Leek half with the ef­fort land­ing wide of the tar­get.

For all the chances, United were to fall be­hind just be­fore the in­ter­val as Steven­son’s low cross from the right saw Bo­den parry into the path of Jor­dan John­son who fired in for 1-0. Leek could have dou­bled the lead within a minute as a Steven­son break saw him find Grice with a cross which saw Bo­den save spec­tac­u­larly from point­blank range.

The first chance of the sec­ond came on 53 min­utes as John­son’s cross saw Steven­son flick into the path of Grice who forced a su­perb save from Bo­den with Steven­son head­ing over the bar from the re­sult­ing cor­ner.

Leek dou­bled their lead just two min­utes later with John­son feed­ing Gro­cott who ad­vanced into the box be­fore slot­ting past Bo­den for 2-0.

United went three be­hind just be­fore the hour mark as Steven­son broke clear and lofted the ball over Bo­den.

McNally made a change with Danny McLough­lin en­ter­ing the ac­tion, he came close to an in­stant im­pact with a shot just in­side the area claimed by Roberts.

Fur­ther ef­forts for Leek saw Wil­liam Reeves and Steven­son hit­ting over the tar­get be­fore Leek’s changes proved costly for United as eight min­utes af­ter com­ing on, Aaron Bott made it 4-0, a mis­take in de­fence from Ish­mael Banks al­lowed Bott to col­lect and ad­vance on goal and slot past Bo­den.

Bott forced a low save from Bo­den min­utes later with McLough­lin hit­ting past the post at the other end.

Leek went 5-0 up on 88 min­utes as Bott out­paced Marvin Molyneux and rounded Bo­den to slot in for his sec­ond.

The rout was com­pleted in the fi­nal minute as a run from Bott saw him eye an hat-trick goal with Bo­den deny­ing him but in do­ing so par­ry­ing into the path of Steven­son who tapped in for his sec­ond and Leek’s sixth.

The fi­nal whis­tle sound­ing soon af­ter leav­ing United with a mis­er­able start to the fes­tive pe­riod.

Leek Town- Roberts, Green (c), Short (Wal­ford 74), Gro­cott, Sass-Davies, Sanders, Maguire (Trick­ett-Smith 66), Reeves, Grice (Bott 66), John­son, Steven­son. Subs not used- Lycett, Hall.

Skelmersdale United- Bo­den, Atkin­son, Giverin (McLough­lin 59), M.Molyneux, Banks (Webb 75), T. Molyneux (c), Grif­fiths, Grimshaw, Yel­drem (Dowl­ing 69), Dunne, Darcy). Subs not used- Black.

Ref­eree- B.An­trobus

Att-255.

John Driscoll

Paul McNally (above) has en­dured a tough start to life as man­ager of Skelmersdale United

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