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Blues News - Leek Town pick up the Evo-stik NPL First Division South Fair Play award

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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LEEK Town picked up the Evo-stik NPL First Division South Fair Play award for December on Saturday.

After scooping the October award, Blues added the December award after collecting just two bookings from four games in the month.

The presentation was made prior to kick-off before Saturday's game against Loughborough Dynamo by League representative and former Blues defender Mark Ogley.

Town are now sitting in second place overall in the Fair Play League, just behind overall leaders Brigg Town.

On a less positive note, Blues defender Andy Bratt faces a four-match ban following his dismissal in the game at home to Loughborough on Saturday.

It was the big defender's second red card of the season after taking an early bath at Nantwich in the Doodson Cup and he will therefore be hit by a three-match ban for violent conduct in the Loughborough game, plus another match for his second red card of the season.

Manager Lee Casswell was unhappy with Bratt's involvement in the incident which saw him dismissed.

Caswell said:"His was a silly sending off because it also meant we had to lose Lennon for the rest of the game to bring on another defender, and that upset our shape – otherwise, I think we'd have gone on to win more comfortably.

"Their lad got sent off for a poor challenge on Paul Donnelley but there was no need for Bratt to be involved."

However, Casswell was pleased with the contribution made by Tim Grice in his first start of the season.

"He's been frustrated waiting for his chance and really he should have only done around an hour. But he did the full game for the team and he'll be all the better for it."

The Blues boss has also confirmed that midfielder Steve Brannan is back in training with the club, after working away from home for much of the season.

BLUES' experiment with Wednesday night football will get under way in February, following the Evo-Stik League's confirmation of some re-arranged fixtures.

Town will entertain Gresley FC on Wednesday, February 5, making it a quick-fire double header against the Derbyshire side, as Blues visit The Moat Ground next Saturday.

The trip to Bedworth United has also been given a new date – the match was postponed just before Christmas but will now take place on Saturday, February 22.

Blues still have three matches outstanding, including the recently-postponed home game with Lincoln United and the trips to Brigg Town and Carlton Town.

Leading scorers

Jordan Johnson 29 (incl 3 pens); John Johnston 8; Andy Kinsey 7; Mitch Husbands 6; Dan Shelley 6; Dan Smith 3; Anthony Danylyk 2; Matt Bell 2; Sam Hall 1; Ryan Dicker 1; Niall MaGuire 1; Tim Grice 1; own goal 2 – total 69.

Coming up

January

Sat 25: Gresley – a, 3pm

February

Sat 1: Belper Town – a, 3pm.

Wed 5: Gresley – h, 7.45pm.

Sat 8: Chasetown – a, 3pm.

Sat 15: Sutton Coldfield – h, 3pm.

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