LEEK Town boss Lee Caswell was pleased with his side’s fighting performance at Coalville Town on Saturday.
Blues dropped one place to third in the Evostick North Premier League First Division South table after earning a 0-0 draw.
Casswell said: “We had Coalville watched and if I’d been offered the draw before the game, I would have taken it.
“Despite their pressure at times, our game plan worked – we have vastly improved over the summer.
“It showed, going to Coalville and not conceding – we are in the mix with the top sides in the league.”
Blues have waived seven days’ notice of approach from rivals Kidsgrove Athletic for midfielder Tom Urwin.
The paperwork was completed in time to allow Urwin to join the Grove squad for their trip to Romulus on Saturday.
The re-signing of Urwin came at an opportune time for Kidsgrove, as numbers were depleted for their game at Coles Lane.
Urwin began his career on the books at Stoke City before joining Kidsgrove and then signing for Nantwich Town.
He joined Leek from Nantwich last July and scored two goals in 32 appearances before being taken ill during the Loughborough game back in March.
His opportunities at Harrison Park had become limited following the arrival of wingers John Johnston and Jordan Johnson.
Blues boss Casswell said: “I didn’t want Tom to go but I couldn’t offer regular football, whereas Kidsgrove can.
“He’s a smashing lad, so we waived notice of approach and wish him well for the future.” Casswell moved quickly to replace the departed Urwin when he signed wide midfielder Josh Croft, who has impressed playing for the reserves.
The 18-year-old can play on either flank and was released by Port Vale during the summer, where he played alongside Blues defender Joe Evans.
Midfielder Christian Peach, who damaged knee ligaments during March’s encounter at Loughborough, began his comeback on Saturday.
He figured in the reserves’ 1-1 draw against Cheadle Town in the County League Premier Division on Saturday.
Peach played 45 minutes and suffered no reaction.
He will remain playing with the reserves for around three weeks to regain match fitness.
Also turning out for the reserves last week were defender Joe Evans and midfielder Ryan Connor.
Connor scored the winner in the 2-1 victory over Audley and the game also featured winger Tom Urwin before he departed for Kidsgrove.
Connor has now been loaned out to Alsager to get some games under his belt.
Meanwhile, leading scorer Tim Grice is making good progress after damaging ankle ligaments while on trial at Crewe Alex.
He is still receiving treatment from the Alex medical team for his injured foot and will not be rushed back into action.
Blues have been drawn at home to league rivals Chasetown in the first round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup.
The winners will travel to Rushall Olympic in the second round.
Meanwhile, Blues’ match day programme The Town Crier is now available as a digital download.
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