LEEK COMEBACK THWARTS MILLERS
Two stunning goals from Alexander Troke were not enough to stop Carlton Town falling to defeat against title-chasing Leek Town.
The Millers had come from behind to lead 2-1 at half time thanks to Troke’s goals, but the Blues came back strongly in the second half to take the three points.
Les McJannet made three changes from the side which lost at Romulus with Grant Brindley, Martin Ball and Ben Flynn all returning in place of Matt Baker, Joe Brothwell and Aaron Hooton.
Leek began the sharper and put the Millers under early pressure but Carlton went closest to scoring when Kallum Keane brought a fine save from Ben Chapman.
Leek took the lead from the penalty spot on 34 minutes. Jordan Johnson, the First Division South player of the year, was brought down just inside the area and he got up to fire past Jonathon Viscosi.
Carlton responded within 60 seconds when Ben Flynn crossed from the right and Troke rose to plant a superb header past Chapman.
The goal inspired the Millers and they took the lead nine minutes later with a stunning goal. Bradley Munn did well on the half way line to hold onto the ball under pressure. He slipped the ball inside to Ball who spread the ball wide to the right to Troke. The former Grantham man, stood virtually on the touchline some 30 yards from goal, hit a half-volley which arced over Chapman and into the corner of the net.
Leek responded immediately and John Johnstone struck the bar with an effort from 25 yards.
Leek began the second half well and Ben Mills put an effort over the bar before Niall Maguire brought a good save from Viscosi.
Lee Torr then sent over a great cross which Troke just failed to get on the end of before the Blues equalised. A cross from the right saw Johnson in the penalty area with time and space and he slotted home.
That was on 62 minutes and seven minutes later the Staffordshire side took the lead. Another ball down the right saw Johnson all alone and he crossed to the unmarked Mills who made no mistake from eight yards.
Johnstone then went clean through but fired over the top, whilst Mills shot wide from a similar position.
Maguire then dispossessed Josh Thornton before squaring the ball to Mills. The striker looked certain to score with an open goal in front of him but somehow Grant Brindley got back to block the ball on the goal line.
It was all Leek as the game concluded with Viscosi saving from Johnstone before Johnson miskicked with the goal gaping, but Leek had done enough to earn the win, their first ever at Stoke Lane.
Carlton Town: Viscosi; Campbell, Torr, Brindley (Tyler 86), Ball; Thornton, Elliott (Hooton 74), Keane, Flynn (Vilums 48); Munn, Troke. Unused substitute: Bennett.
Goals: Troke 35, 44
Carlton Town Supporters Club MOTM – Alexander Troke.