Bradwell Belles 0 Leek Town U16 Girls 4
LEEK Town are still on course for the treble. The girls remain top of the Staffordshire County League and are in the semi-finals of both the Staffordshire County League Cup and the Staffordshire Cup.
Leek were away at Bradwell Belles in this Staffordshire cup quarter final. Bradwell play in the Cheshire league and Leek in the Staffordshire league.
Leek were on the attack from the off, with Lucy Kelsall and Kirsty Ryder both having early chances saved by the keeper. Elise Skelding was again in fine form down the right flank and just seems to get quicker, with most defenders unable to cope with her pace.
Katie Maya tried to dribble her way through on a couple of occasions early on but could not get a good shot away.
Leek won several corners but did not capitalise on them. Bradwell did manage a couple of attacks but the excellent Leek defence proved to be very strong.
Leek then won another corner, taken by Isabel Wretham, which found its way directly into the Bradwell goal to open the scoring for Leek.
Bradwell went onto the attack from the restart but again the Leek defence of Emma Smith, Charlotte Bromley, Isabel Wretham and Mollie Shaw stood firm, with Leek goalkeeper Hannah Austin forced into making only one save in the first half.
Becky Rothwell and Amber Stanway were winning most of the ball in midfield and produced more chances for the Leek forwards, but the Moorlanders were unable to add to the score by half time.
A not fully fit Alice Naden had been brought on by Leek towards the end of the first half to see if she could just create a goal and 10 minutes into the second half, she rounded two players to set up Elise Skelding to make it 2-0.
Shortly after the restart Leek were on the attack again and Lucy Kelsall almost made it 3-0 but the ball went agonisingly wide. Then it was Becky Rothwell who shot just wide on the next Leek attack. Rosie Atkinson was brought on down on the Leek left flank and also proved to be a handful for the Bradwell defender. The ball then broke again to Elise Skelding, who slotted home to make it 3-0.
Chloe Gerrity was brought on up front and provided some good touches and created a goal-scoring opportunity for herself which the goalkeeper saved.
Bradwell did not give up, though, and made Leek fight for every ball.
Katie Maya did manage to get through the Bradwell defence with one of her runs to slot past the keeper and complete the scoring for Leek.
Players-of-the-match: Elise Skelding/Charlotte Bromley
Leek: Hannah Austin, Emma Smith, Charlotte Bromley, Isabel Wretham, Mollie Shaw, Amber Stanway, Becky Rothwell, Katie Maya, Elise Skelding, Kirsty Ryder, Lucy Kelsall, Alice Naden, Rosie Atkinson, Chloe Gerrity.