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U16 girls football - Derby County 1- Leek Town 2

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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LEEK Town's Staffordshire Cup semi-final at Wyrley was postponed on Saturday due to the weather, so Leek travelled to face Derby County in a friendly instead.

This was a step into the unknown for both teams, as they play in different leagues.

Derby are presently top of the Central Midland and Warwickshire Premier Division of this league, while Leek Town head the Staffordshire County League.

Leek matched the opposition in all areas and in the seventh minute, Kirsty Ryder fed Elise Skelding on the edge of the Derby 18-yard box to fire Leek ahead.

On 20 minutes, one of the Derby strikers broke free to force a good save from Leek keeper Hannah Austin.

Leek's two influential central midfielders, Amber Stanway and Katie Maya, were now getting to grips with the weather conditions and gave good support to wingers Rosie Atkinson and Elise Skelding.

A chance fell to Leek striker Alice Naden, who side footed a defender and produced a good shot which was saved by the Derby keeper.

One of the Derby strikers managed to get a good shot on goal. which was stopped by the Leek keeper but cruelly bounced onto a Leek defender and into the net to make it one-all.

The second half started with Leek on the attack, Stanway winning more of the ball in midfield and Maya attacking the Derby defence.

Leek were on top and Naden produced a good shot which the goalkeeper just got a hand on.

Kayleigh Barnes was brought on for Leek in the second half, after a long injury lay-off, and played well down the left flank.

Derby's forwards were still full of running, but the Leek defence kept them at bay.

Stanway won the ball again in midfield and supplied Maya, who went past three Derby players before playing the perfect pass for Naden to go around the keeper and score the winner.

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