Leek & District Sunday Football League
THE game of the season to date saw Valiant take on Valiant Troggs in an in-house battle at Birchall.
Both teams went into the game keen to keep their noses in front of near-neighbours Elmo's Celtic.
Elmo's were in action against a strong Wellington side looking to wrestle them from second spot.
Valiant started off the brighter against Troggs with Ricky Mallen putting them ahead after just three minutes.
This only seemed to rile Troggs and they levelled through Jack Bowyer six minutes later.
Shortly afterwards, James Floyd gave Troggs the lead but five minutes before the break, Mallen equalised from a free kick.
Rory Corden gave Valiant the lead 10 minutes into the second half with a well worked move, but again it was short-lived as Jack Keeling levelled.
With only a minute remaining goalscoring midfielder Rocky Dunn-Fox netted winner for Valiant.
Valiant remain top of the table for the ninth week on the trot but with Elmo's hot on their heels.
An Elmo's side without some of its key players, including defenders Nathan Ball and Tom Bourne, struggled in a closely clash with Wellington but eventually ran out winners.
Once again, Sam Petit was on fine form as he put in a commanding performance at the back limiting Wellington's chances in front of goal.
It was Petit who put Elmo's in front after 30 minutes.
Wellington fought hard to keep the score at 1-0 going into the half -time break.
The second half started similar to that of the first, with both teams creating chances but neither taking full advantage.
Wellington showed no signs of fear against last season's Premier Division champions and at times looked like they could have got something out of the game.
However, their hopes were dashed as Greg Johnston broke clear ten minutes from time to hit home Elmo's second to secure a hard fought victory.
Elmo's secretary Tom Bourne said afterwards Wellington manager Luke Ford should be proud of his teams display.
Valiant 4 Valiant Troggs 3; Wellington 0 Elmo's Celtic 2;
Valiant Troggs v Elmo's Celtic
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