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North West Counties League First Division

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

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North West Counties League First Division

Hanley Town 4 Leek CSOB 0

LEEK CSOB ended the old year on disappointing note after being punished for defensive errors.

The result ended a run of two defeats for Hanley, who have taken the step up from the Staffordshire County Senior League, as Premier Division champions, in their stride.

A Theo Stair penalty and a Jamie Pointon strike gave Hanley a half-time lead before late strikes from Danny Tainton and Michael Morton made sure of the points.

Hanley went ahead from the penalty spot in the 21st minute after Old Boys skipper Rob Drummond brought down Stair, who got up to convert the kick himself.

Stair had the chance to double Hanley's lead from another spot kick, but his effort struck the crossbar and he blazed the rebound over.

Stair made amends when he created the opening for Pointon to score on the stroke of half-time.

Jake Alcock and leading scorer Dwayne Spence had half-chances for the Old Boys, but Hanley always threatened on the counter attack and they made it 3-0 seven minutes from time.

Michael Morton put Michael Machin through and he squared for Danny Tainton to tap home.

Morton then wrapped things up two minutes layer with a close-range header from a Tainton delivery.

Old Boys manager Brett Barlow said: "We had several players missing, but it was the regulars who let us down.

"We kept going, but Hanley are a team of winners and they punished our errors."

LEEK CSOB return to action in the North West Counties League First Division away to Ashton Town this Saturday.

Other fixtures: Atherton Collieries v AFC Darwen; Chadderton v Rochdale Town; Cheadle Town v Formby; Daisy Hill v Nelson; Eccleshall v Oldham Boro; Holker Old Boys v Northwich Flixton Villa; Widnes Vikings v Irlam.

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