Staffordshire County Girls U16 League
Leek Town U16 Girls 2 Stoke Town Ladies 2
LEEK Town gained a hard earned point to bring Stoke Town Ladies unbeaten start to the season to an end.
Leek Town had their first home game of the season having played two away games due to the unavailability of Birchall playing fields.
Leek have their temporary home venue at St Edwards Academy and hosted Stoke Town Ladies who we're flying high at the top of the Staffordshire County Girls U16 League.
Leek started on the back foot soaking up several attacks from Stoke with Emma Smith, Charlotte Bromley, Isabel Wretham and Mollie Shaw having to work very hard in defence to keep the Stoke side out.
Stoke had two good early efforts on goal with one shot going wide and Leek keeper Hannah Austin saving the other.
Leek without Kirsty Ryder who was ill soon lost Kayleigh Barnes who had to leave the field after a few minutes also feeling unwell.
Leek brought on Elise Skelding as replacement who had an immediate impact down the left wing with a couple of good runs.
Becky Rothwell and Amber Stanway also started to get to grips with central midfield with Lucy Kelsall making good runs down the right causing problems for Stoke.
Leek started to grow in confidence with Katie Maya and Alice Naden linking up well up front they started to produce chances.
Both of the Leek front two had good efforts on goal saved before Katie Maya put Alice Naden through and she made no mistake and scored 1-0 Leek.
Leek remained on top at this point but just could not capitalise on chances with the Stoke Keeper making several good saves.
Stoke came back into the game and stretched the Leek defence again.
On the next Stoke attack a striker ran in from the right hand side of the box and shot low into the corner to equalise. Leek 1-1 Stoke.
The final ten minutes of the half was end to end action but no further goals.
Half Time Leek 1-1
Stoke The second half started with Leek on the attack with Alice Naden and Katie Maya both having attempts on goal. Leek also managed to force several corners with Stoke having to clear one off the line following a goal mouth scramble.
Stoke then had a good chance one on one with the Leek keeper but Charlotte Bromley just managed to get back to tackle and clear the danger.
Rosie Atkinson then came on at left back for Leek to replace the excellent Mollie Shaw who had run tirelessly up and down the left flank, she also performed very well.
Leek then produced attack after attack but could not put the ball in the Stoke net.
Then with just 4 minutes left the ball broke through to a Stoke forward one on one with Hannah Austin the Leek keeper, from the shot the keeper got her hand to the ball but it dropped agonisingly into the Leek net to give Stoke the lead against the run of play.
The Leek girls did not give up and from the restart went straight on the attack, then with seconds to go Alice Naden was fouled just outside the box, Isabel Wretham stepped up to take the free kick and Leek knew this was their last chance.
She produced a tremendous free kick which went over and to the side of the Stoke keeper and into the back of the net for a well deserved equaliser, she was then mobbed by the rest of the Leek team in congratulations.
A few seconds after the restart the referee blew for full time.
Players of match. Mollie Shaw/Isabel Wretham Leek Team: Hannah Austin, Emma Smith, Isabel Wretham, Charlotte Bromley, Mollie Shaw, Lucy Kelsall, Becky Rothwell, Amber Stanway, Kayleigh Barnes, Katie Maya, Alice Naden, Elise Skelding, Rosie Atkinson, Chloe Gerrity, Amelia Synowiec.