Evostick Northern Premier League First Division
South Romulus 1 Leek Town 2
BLUES totally dominated this game against second-placed Romulus but had to come from behind with two late goals to secure the three points.
Blues created the better chances on the 3G surface in the opening half without really testing the goalkeeper, although Dan Shelley and John Johnston both went close.
However, the home side were reduced to 10 men in the 42nd minute when Luke Shearer was dismissed for a challenge on Jordan Johnson and after the break, Blues were virtually camped out in the Romulus half.
Blues pushed forward early in the second half, with John Johnston terrorising the Roms defence, and his shot in the 49th minute was hacked clear from a crowded box.
A minute later, Johnston picked out Andy Bratt but his shot was held at the foot of the upright before Roms striker Luke Keen escaped the offside flag to go one-on-one with Ben Chapman – however, the home striker slid the ball wide of the upright.
Romulus defended resolutely, getting all 10 men behind the ball.
On the hour mark, John Johnston had two shots blocked in the box before Ant Danylyk drove a shot wide from just outside the box.
In the 63rd minute, Blues had a good shout for handling inside the box turned down – but the home side went on to take the lead with their own spot kick, against the run of play, on 75 minutes.
Roms striker Luke Keen was tripped in the box by Bratt and Keen sent Chapman the wrong way to open the scoring, Leek piled forward looking for the equaliser, and it came in the 80th minute when Jordan Johnson stooped to head home from a Matt Bell cross.
Within two minutes, Blues took the lead as Dan Smith blasted home from close range, after Romulus failed to clear a corner.
Blues controlled the remainder of the game and as a result go seven points clear at the top of the table.