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North Staffordshire Junior Youth Football League Under 10s - Leek Town 3 Blythe Lions 1

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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LEEK recovered from going a goal down to put on arguably their best performance of the last five seasons. They are now likely to force Lions into an end-of-season play-off to decide who takes the title.

Blythe started strongly but without creating any clear chances.

Both teams produced half chances before a long ball over the top saw Blythe take the lead.

However, Leek struck back immediately when a Charlie Hinton corner found Lewis Roberts unmarked at the far post to volley home from close range.

Leek made a change at half-time, bringing on Kian Desouza on the right and moving Jake Beetham into defence. The changes seemed to work immediately and Leek were soon on top.

Llewy Hammersley started to find Jake Goldstraw on the left and the young winger looked dangerous every time he went forward.

It was a penetrating Goldstraw run that created Leek's second.

After being found by skipper Rob Warman, Goldstraw drove into the box before cutting back to the impressive Desouza, who lashed home from close range.

Leek then went through the gears and played some impressive football with quick passing at the edge of the box between Roberts, Hammersley and Desouza.

Defensively, Leek were too strong with Hinton, Beetham and in form Harry Cotterill shutting out any potential Lions threat with tough tackling and fine defending.

When called upon, keeper Tom Lewis handled well and looked assured.

With 15 minutes remaining, the ever-dangerous Roberts was fouled on the edge of box.

Hinton delivered a dangerous ball to the far post, where Goldstraw forced the keeper into save – only for Hammersley to react quickest to extend the lead.

Leek managed to see out the last quarter of the game as they shut out Blythe, who pushed on for a late goal.

The Leek youngsters, who have only have three games left, will now need to see how Blythe's remaining results pan out before they know their fate.

Under 11s

Leek Rhinos 3 Bradwell 1

RHINOS stepped things up a gear to record their first league win in five games.

Leek put the visitors under pressure and Beck Bromley and Hayden Wood both had early chances.

Clever play from Oliver Watson led to an Isaac Smith cross that was too much for the Bradwell keeper to hold, and Hayden Wood slotted home.

Leek continued to push forward, with man-of-the-match Luke Webster-Barks tackling hard and penetrating deep into the opposition.

The Leek forwards were denied by a string of fine saves from Bradwell keeper.

Rhinos failed to capitalise on their hard work and had goalkeeper Owen Hilton to thank for keeping the visitors at bay.

Midway through the second period, Bradwell punished Leek for their tiredness and equalised from a good through ball.

George Flower and Connor Casswell rallied their defence and a brilliant solo effort from Hayden Wood put Rhinos back in front.

Picking up the ball in midfield, Wood took on a number of players with a mazy run before calmly hitting the back of the net.

Buoyed up by the strike, Leek continued to press, with Josh Gilman committing himself in defence to provide the platform for his team to push forward, most notably Dan Gilligan.

Wood completed his hat-trick from a corner with a well-guided header to seal Leek's victory.

This weekend, Rhinos travel to Trubshaw Cross for the return fixture against Bradwell.

Man-of-the-match: Luke Webster-Barks.

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