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Alex running the rule over Blues’ top striker Grice

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 07, 2013

Leek Town striker Tim Grice on the ball at Harrison Park

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LEEK Town striker Tim Grice is having trials with League Two Crewe Alexandra.

The 24-year-old was the Blues’ leading scorer last season, with 22 goals.

He impressed in the recent friendly against Crewe, in which he netted the winner.

Grice reported to the Cheshire club’s Reece Heath training complex on Monday.

He will spend two weeks with Crewe but remain available for Leek selection.

As Grice is registered on contract with the Blues, it means the club could receive a fee if Crewe wish to pursue their interest in the player any further.

Grice joined Leek Town in September 2011 from North West Counties League side Eccleshall.

He began his career in the Stoke City academy and was also at one time on Aston Villa’s books.

Grice has made a big impression during his time at Leek, with 42 goals in 78 appearances.

The Blues complete their preseason programme with a toughlooking home friendly against Evostick Premier Division outfit Stafford Rangers on Saturday 3.00pm.

Lee Casswell will have his full squad available for selection for the first time this summer.

The Blues has been hampered in his planning due to holiday commitments and injury problems – but has had the benefit of giving trialists and youngsters their chance to impress.

On Saturday, Casswell was still without the likes of Andy Kinsey, Anthony Danylyk, Jamie Pointon and Matt Bell for the friendly away to Cammell Laird.

Kinsey was unavailable, Danylyk was on holiday and Pointon was loaned out to the Old Boys on a one-off basis.

Meanwhile, Matt Bell has made a remarkable recovery after having his appendix removed two weeks ago.

The former Mansfield Town defender is already up and running and is determined to be fit for the start of the season.

Casswell was pleased with his side’s performance in the hardfought draw at Cammell Laird on Saturday.

“We were comfortable against a decent side that finished second last term but disappointed not to have won the game”, he said.

“Tim Grice missed three one-onones and Dan Shelley and John Johnston also missed chances they ought to have put away – it’s games like this we have to win".

“However, our back five defended fantastically well and I’m therefore sure we’re going to have a much stronger back line this season".

“I haven’t been able to field a settled side in any of the eight games we’ve played so far but it has been useful rotating the substitutes".

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