DAN’S THE MAN FOR BLUES
LEEK Town leapfrogged Prescot Cables into the play-offs with a 2-1 victory over second-placed Radcliffe thanks to a first-half blitz from the Blues.
Former Manchester City player Jon Macken saw his side fall behind inside 17 minutes when Aaron Bott slid home a teasing cross from Robert Stevenson to hand Leek the lead.
Striker Dan TrickettSmith had a chance to double the lead, but he could only blaze over from close range, before a rocket from Stevenson was palmed clear by a fine save from Ollie Martin.
But Leek finally had their reward for a period of sustained pressure when a poor clearance from Martin found the feet of Trickett-Smith who splendidly fired in from distance to shock Radcliffe.
But the Boro were gifted some hope after the restart when a neat ball from Tunde Owolabi found Louis Myers to prod home and reduce the deficit with his third goal since his return from injury.
Radcliffe’s Lewis Short almost headed into his own goal midway through the second-half as the visitors were unable to find the all-important equaliser on the day.
Trafford inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Chasetown as Liam Ellis came off the substitutes bench to cap off a fine display for the hosts.
The North didn’t have to wait long for their opener as Matt Bryan fired in on 18 minutes with a neat finish into the bottom corner.
Then eight minutes before the break Jimmy Moore doubled his side’s advantage with a wellstruck effort to open up a two-goal lead.
They almost had three had Curtis Pond not been at his level best to deny the Trafford strike force, but it mattered little as Ellis struck the third three minutes from time. Elsewhere, Newcastle
Town were made to rue a handful of missed chances as relegation candidates Skelmersdale United forced a 1-1 draw from the penalty spot in added time.
Castle dominated the first half but only had a Josh Glover goal on 18 minutes to show for all their dominance of the opening half.
The striker powered home the opener from close range to put his side ahead.
The hosts had plenty of opportunities to extend their advantage with centre-back Kyle Stubb’s header sailing narrowly over and Connor Heath striking wide.
Then when Glover was set away for a one-on-one, the forward could only hit the post – a miss he would later regret when the visitors came roaring out the blocks at the start of the second half.
Following the restart, Skelmersdale began pushing Town back and were rewarded when Castle conceded what appeared to be a pretty harsh penalty.
Up stepped Michael White, but he could only find the gloves of keeper Matt Johnson, who pushed his effort safely wide of the post.
Smith in the visitors’ goal saved well from Josh Glover's header but the visitors equalised four minutes into added time from the penalty spot as Georgie Donnelly fired home to claim a sixth away draw of the season for United.
Colne completed a comfortable 1-0 win over Kidsgrove Athletic thanks to a solitary goal by Alex Curran from the penalty spot.
In a game of few chances for either side, a moment of inspiration or recklessness was always going to swing the tie and that’s exactly what happened when a Colne man was felled in the area.
Curran stepped up and slotted the ball into the net to claim the win on 50 minutes. Meanwhile, Droylsden’s clash with Glossop
North End had to be abandoned due to floodlight failure midway through the second half of the fixture.
The hosts were ahead through Sefton Gonzales after 38 minutes, but the Bloods were denied the points when the lights went out moments into the start of the second half.