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By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

MItch Husbands

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LEEK Town secretary Brian Wain was busy last week seeking international clearances for striker Liam Shotton and midfielder Jordan Johnson.

Johnson was Blues' leading scorer last season, and he ended summer-long speculation over his immediate future by agreeing to rejoin Leek Town from Airbus UK for the coming campaign.

During the close season, Johnson played and scored in the Europa Cup for Airbus UK, and they were keen to hold on to him.

He was also offered a trial at Mansfield Town, while a number of other clubs sought his signature.

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Nevertheless, Leek beat off interest from elsewhere and agreed terms for his return to Harrison Park late last week – but Johnson had to sit out the rout against Rainworth on Saturday whilst Wain obtained his international clearance from the FA of Wales.

However, there were no problems with obtaining Shotton's clearance from the Singapore FA and the tall striker made his debut for the club on Saturday.

Meanwhile, striker Mitch Husbands, pictured, has once again bade farewell to Blues, fearing his chances of starting games had diminished with the arrival of Shotton and Johnson.

Husbands made the decision after receiving an offer to play at his former club, Worksop Town.

He originally joined Blues on loan from Worksop last September.

Husbands began his career at Sheffield Wednesday and has also played for Sheffield FC and Shirebrook Town.

Towards the latter end of last term, he went on loan to Goole before re-signing for Leek in July this year.

While at Harrison Park, Husbands netted six times in 18 appearances. Blues described the parting as 'amicable'.

Midfielder Anthony Danylyk missed training last week due to a bout of tonsillitis but he was fit enough to fill a seat on the bench on Saturday, eventually being sent on with 25 minutes remaining.

Tim Grice limped out of the action in the 75th minute of the same game after turning his ankle, but he has a good chance of recovering for the short trip to Market Drayton on Tuesday.

Central defender Ryan Dicker is not available for the next two games due to work commitments and so he was not used in the opening game of the season.

Meanwhile, Blues have announced they are not pursuing further their interest in former Redditch United winger Isaac Cooper, who trained at Leek in the pre-season, while former Ball Haye Green striker Mike Keates is currently playing in the reserves.

HARRISON Park will stage a Staffordshire derby in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup this season.

Lichfield City won through to meet the Blues by beating Black Country Rangers 3-1 in the extra preliminary round with a hat-trick from Mark Rose on Saturday.

The tie will take place on Saturday, August 30 and a bumper crowd looks set to be in store for the all-Staffordshire tie, with Lichfield having taken 120 travelling fans to watch them yesterday and at least as many expected to make the trip to Leek.

Lichfield City play in Division One of the Midland League which is on Step Six of the non-league pyramid - – two below Blues' level.

The winners of the tie will collect £1,925 from the FA prize fund.

SPECTATORS wishing to travel on the team coach to Goole on Saturday should book as soon as possible – the coach will leave the ground at 10.30am and only 23 places will be available.

To reserve seats, text 07974 710181 or email andywain2@sky.com, leaving your name, telephone number and stating how many people will be travelling.



Sat 23: Goole AFC a, 3pm.

Mon 25: Stafford Rangers - h, 3pm.

Sat 30 Aug Lichfield City - h, 3pm.

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