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By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 14, 2013

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BLUES striker Tim Grice was just two hours into his two-week trial at Crewe Alexandra when he damaged ankle ligaments that could see him sidelined for up to two months.

The 24-year-old missed Leek’s final pre-season friendly against Stafford Rangers with the ankle strapped up whilst initial assessments suggest he could miss the first 12 games of the season.

Grice will return to Alex on Monday when the damage will be reassessed by the medical staff.

FOLLOWING the injury setbacks sustained by Grice and his Blues strike partner Andy Kinsey, boss Lee Casswell is hot on the heels of a proven goalscorer who is expected to complete his move to Harrison Park this week ahead of the league curtain raiser at home to Sheffield FC.

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Casswell has resisted revealing who his target is until all the paperwork concerning his transfer from higher league opposition is completed.

AFTER the his team’s final preseason friendly, Casswell has declared himself happy with the way things have gone.

His side have won six, lost two and drawn one ahead of Saturday’s season opener at home to Sheffield FC.

However, Caswell has warned his players that all the hard work put in over the summer counts for nothing if they don’t get off to a good start.

Leek did well to beat Stafford Rangers in their final friendly.

Casswell said: “I am happy with the result but more pleased with the clean sheet against higher league opposition.

“I told the lads the first thing I wanted was to make it difficult for them and then keep a clean sheet, and that’s what they did.”

BLUES defender Matt Bell completed a miraculous recovery from surgery when he played a full 90 minutes in the home friendly against Stafford Rangers on Saturday, just two and a half weeks after going under the knife to remove his appendix.

Bell became ill on the eve of the away fixture at Crewe FC and underwent surgery on the day of the game.

He returned to training last week and staked his claim for a shirt in next Saturday’s opening game of the season against Sheffield FC.

Casswell further strengthened his squad last week with promising striker Sam Golding 17, signing Evo-Stik forms as well as Rob Hackney who will provide goalkeeping cover.

Meanwhile, midfielder Christian Peach is nearing full fitness following a lengthy lay-off recovering from injury.

Peach damaged ankle ligaments in the away fixture at Loughborough over four months ago but is now well on the road to recovery.

THE draws for this season’s revamped Doodson Sports League Cup has been made and Blues have a bye in the Preliminary Round.

However, Casswell’s men face a tough task with a trip to Premier Division Nantwich Town in the first round.

Despite being geographically close, the two sides have rarely met in recent years, with the only encounter being an ill-tempered FA Trophy tie in 2009 which the Dabbers won 4-1.

This season’s tie is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12 and in a change to the competition rules, there will no longer be any extra time – if the scores are level after 90 minutes, the game will be decided on penalties.

LEEK Town Supporters Club is preparing for the new season and has reminded all existing members that their subscriptions for the coming season are now due – the cost to renew membership is just £5. Anyone who would like to become a new member of the club should contact Mark Brough at any of the home fixtures or via the website. The cost to new members is £10 for adults, £7 for juniors & senior citizens).

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