Evo-Stick Northern Premier League First Division
South Goole AFC 0 Leek Town 3
BLUES completed their second ‘double’ of the season with a comfortable victory at Goole on Saturday that saw them increase their lead at the top of the table to eight points.
It was also Blues sixth win on the spin maintaining their unbeaten start to the league campaign and with better finishing, they could have added to the scoreline after missing three one-on-ones and striking a post late on.
Leek took the points courtesy of leading scorer Jordan Johnson who netted a first half brace whilst Andy Kinsey weighed in with Blues’ third midway through the second period.
Blues boss Lee Casswell said after the game: “We now look a difficult side to break down, we are creating chances, scoring goals and defending well at the back.
“And whilst the midfield and forwards get all the plaudits, I thought the back five were outstanding today, sticking to the task well in difficult conditions, especially in the second half.” Casswell went into the game with the same side that beat Mickleover a week earlier and the team played well throughout, although it was difficult to defend against a strong, swirling wind at times.
Goole attacked from the whistle and Leek were forced to clear a free kick in the opening minute but a minute later Ben Chapman had to be alert in the Blues’ goal when he had to go down to palm away a shot from Chris Ovington.
Leek responded by putting a good move together but Dan Shelley shot wide from 25 yards out.
Blues were back in the Vikings’ box again a minute later and keeper Adam Stevens did well to smother the ball as Andy Kinsey was about to pounce.
With 10 minutes on the clock, Shelley won three tackles – but then fired wide as Leek began to get on top.
A mistake at the back by the home side on 14 minutes left Kinsey free on goal and he advanced into the box, only to slide the ball wide of the advancing keeper and the upright.
A minute later, Ovington hoisted a corner to the far post where Steven Wakefield got above the rest to head downwards but Chapman was well placed to claim the ball. Blues took the lead in the 28th minute when Ant Danylyk played a superb cross to the back post, where Kinsey headed it back in for Jordan Johnson, who blasted home, giving the keeper no chance.
Leek then had to withstand some good pressure from the Vikings but the defence was well marshalled by Ryan Dicker.
In the 41st minute, John Johnston went on a great run and then crossed into the box for Danylyk but his goal-bound effort was superbly tipped over by Stevens.
Two minutes later, Ovington made progress down the right before turning inside but then he lifted his shot over the crossbar from 25 yards out.
Leek finished the half on a high note and a minute into added time – Matt Bell curled in a free kick and Johnson hammered home his second of the game.
After the break, Blues had to play into the wind and Goole became more adventurous.
After soaking up some Goole pressure Leek almost extended their lead in the 54th minute when Dan Smith played an inch perfect cross into the Goole area for Kinsey but his bullet header was brilliantly saved by Stevens.
Two minutes later skipper Sam Hall glanced a header wide from Bell’s inswinging corner and then Bell split the home defence wide open for Shelley to find the net, but the offside flag had already been raised.
Blues extended their lead in the 66th minute when John Johnston wriggled his way into the box from the left. And, despite the attentions of two defenders and the keeper, the talented winger set up Kinsey, who swept the ball home under the despairing dive of defender Sam Colbear.