Evostick Northern Premier League First Division South
Leek Town 2 Goole AFC 1
DEFENDER Smith netted Leek Town’s winning goal for the second successive game as the Blues consolidated their lead at the top of the table.
Blues remain undefeated in First Division South of the Northern Premier League, but they had to come from behind to preserve their proud record – just as they did in their previous match at Romulus.
The hosts were not at their best in the opening half, with the visitors enjoying much of the possession, although Lee Casswell’s side spurned three good chances.
Casswell said: “Despite the first half, I thought we fully deserved the win with that performance and on chances created.
“Just as we did at Romulus earlier in the week, we showed a lot of character and spirit even more in this game.
“The tempo was fast and there was no doubting our commitment as we got amongst them in the second half.
“Whilst there’s still a long way to go, all clubs in the league would love to be where we are, but we’re very much keen to keep our feet on the ground.
“We have demonstrated over the last two games that we are capable of pulling ourselves out of a spot and that is the sign of a good team so we are delighted to have got off to a good start in the league campaign.” Goole took the lead midway through the half from what looked a suspiciously offside position.
However, Blues battered Goole into submission in the second half with two goals in the last 20 minutes after missing a host of excellent chances.
The game was punctuated by a number of fouls committed by the visitors as their frustrations. Four Goole players being yellow-carded.
Goole took the lead in the 25th minute when Jason Yates advanced from what looked to be an offside position and the Viking’s defender slotted home despite a valiant effort by Ant Danylyk to stop the ball crossing the line.
Leek came close to levelling the scores in the 34th minute when Ryan Dicker rose meet a Matt Bell free kick, but his header was superbly tipped over.
As the tackles flew in from Goole players the referee handed out a couple of lectures to try and take the heat out of the game.
In the 37th minute, a move involving Johnson and Bell led to Husband firing against the crossbar.
Casswell was then forced to withdraw Andy Bratt due to injury and replace him with Paul Donnelly.
Whatever Casswell said to his troops during the break it worked as Blues took to the field early for the second half.
Blues got on top but play was constantly interrupted as the referee had clearly had enough of Goole’s aggressive tactics.
On the hour a great ball by Andy Kinsey saw Johnson race into the box but he shot wide with Kinsey screaming for the return.
In the 66th minute Bell rattled the uprigfht from close range following a fine move involving Shelley and Johnston.
Leek were dservedly back on level terms in the 72nd minute after Shelley opened up the Goole defence and found Johnson to score.
Blues then went all out to win the game and the winning goal eventually just two minutes of normal time. Bell crossed into the six-yard box and up popped Dan Smith to steer a header high into the top corner.
Leek Town: Chapman, Smith, Bell, Dicker, Bratt (Donnelly 38), Hall, Danylyk, Shelley, Husbands (Kinsey 57), Jordan Johnson (MaGuire 89), John Johnston. Subs not used: Pointon, Evans.
Goole Town: Appleby, Yates, Jackson, Claisse, Colbear, Wakefield, Ovington (Robson 59), Tiani, Blair (Hayward 75), Law (Semley 75), Taylor. Subs not used: Guest, Wysoci.
Attendance: 232 Blues man of the match: Dan Smith