Evo-Stik NPL First Division South
Leek Town 2 Newcastle Town 1
BLUES made it ten points out of a possible 12 with a derby day victory over Newcastle Town at Harrison Park, to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
With just two minutes on the clock, Andy Kinsey forced an excellent low save from Dave Parton, who turned his effort around the post.
The resultant corner was played to Dan Shelley on the edge of the box and he produced an even better save from Parton, who was at full stretch to tip his shot over the crossbar.
Leek took a deserved lead on 15 minutes, when Jordan Johnson’s low free-kick from just outside the corner of the penalty area flew into the far corner, leaving Parton rooted to the spot.
Blues advantage was doubled in the 28th minute when Sam Hall powerfully headed home a Matt Bell corner.
Newcastle appeared to have little threat up front except from set pieces and came close early second half when a flicked header from a corner was headed off the line by Anthony Danylyk.
A minute later, Ben Chapman came out well to save with his feet from Tom France.
Leek almost made it 3-0 after 55 minutes when Kinsey’s shot from around the penalty spot was headed off the line by James Askey.
Ryan Dicker also had a chance when Matt Bell’s freekick dropped to him – but he shot over from six yards out.
Newcastle pulled a goal back through Ashley Hill, who netted following a corner with five minutes remaining.
There was also a scare in the final moments when Josh Gordon shot from the edge of the box – but his effort went wide.