Rylands 1 Leek CSOB 2
LEEK CSOB produced a promising performance away to Warrington-based Rylands in their third pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Old Boys started brightly against their opponents from the Cheshire Premier League.
Jamie Pointon pounced on a short pass back to lift the ball over the on-rushing keeper, but his lob went inches wide of the post.
Just as the visitors were putting on the pressure, Rylands took the lead against the run of play.
A lapse in concentration at the heart of the Old Boys defence ended up with the home side's left wing back lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Knight.
Old Boys reacted quickly and were back on level terms within five minutes, when a nice move ended up with Matt Anderson firing home the from the edge of the box.
This goal seemed to spark the home side into life and they came into the game strongly as the half wore on.
Knight had to be on his toes as he made a fantastic full length save to deny the home side retaking the lead.
At the other end, a quick short corner between Shenton and Cartlidge found Anderson at the back post, but his header was cleared off the line.
Old Boys boss Dan Hyde made five changes at the break and the visitors started to get back on top.
Pointon had a great chance to put Old Boys in front, but the Rylands keeper stood up strong to deny him.
The decisive goal came with 20 minutes remaining, when a clever flick from Pointon took the ball into the path of midfielder Shenton to take aim into the bottom corner of the net.
Hyde said after the match: "It was another great workout for the lads against a decent Rylands side.
"It was good to get the response after going a goal down and I thought in patches we played some great stuff. It is all about match fitness and game time at the minute. We are looking at players and different formations still, and we should know a bit more within the next week or so.
"We are now starting to pick up a few injuries, so we can see that it's important that we have a strong squad, as everyone will be needed.
The reserves took a big squad into the Potteries face to County League Second Division side Tunstall Town and lost 2-1.
Old Boys should have wrapped up the game by half-time but missed a host of chances.
A vastly-changed Leek line-up in the second half could not keep up the tempo to secure a result. Macca Lewis scored CSOB's only goal.