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Firsts knocked out of vase – but reserves in fine form

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 16, 2013

Action from Leek CSOB’s Staffs FA Vase clash with Brocton

Action from Leek CSOB’s Staffs FA Vase clash with Brocton

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LEEK CSOB senior teams had mixed fortunes in knock-out competitions at the weekend.

The first team travelled to Midland Combination leaders Brocton in the Staffs Vase, and were soundly beaten 3-0.

But the reserves¡¯ fine form continued with a 4-2 home win over Milton United in the County League Division Two Challenge Cup.

Brett Barlow¡¯s team were missing several key players for their vase trip to Brocton, including in-form striker Dwayne Spence (suspended) and Edward Szostak, Jack Bowyer and Sean Turner, who were all unavailable.

Regular goalkeeper Lewis Rhodes was a surprise inclusion in the Old Boys attack.

Rob Hackney took over between the posts.

The Old Boys produced a poor defensive performance and succumbed to goals from Dan Shore (2) and Gary Fife.

However, the club¡¯s reserves fought back from 2-0 down to beat Milton United in the league cup.

Prolific scorer Zak Baker netted twice, and Sam Chawner and Rich Smith completed the scoring.

¡ö OLD Boys are in mourning for their popular former youth team coach Chris Savin.

News of Savin¡¯s death reached the North West Counties League club at the weekend.

Savin was instrumental in developing promising players like Mark Fox and Andy Hyde.

Fox could have gone on to play at a higher level but he turned down invitations from league clubs for trials, preferring instead to remain under Savin¡¯s guidance.

Fox said of his former mentor: ¡°He was a great man who made playing football enjoyable.¡± Former Old Boys skipper Dan Hyde added: ¡°The world has lost a great man ¨C such a lovely bloke, with a kind heart.¡± When Leek twinned with Este, it was Savin who took an Old Boys side to northern Italy to represent their home town.

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