Leek started by immediately putting the visitors’ goal under pressure but it was Cheadle who rather fortuitously snatched the lead. An over hit back pass to Town keeper Tom Porter-Hargreaves
forced him into slicing the ball into his own net whilst trying to clear. Leek spurned an excellent chance to equalise when a fine run and cross from the left by Dean Rhodes was met by the head of Josh Hughes-Johnson
, but the forward was unable to steer his header to the target. Both sides were having plenty of the ball but were unable to create much in the way of clear cut chances. Leek’s Sam Bostock
went on a fine run down the left flank beating a number of players on his way into the area but just lost control of the ball as the keeper closed him down. Cheadle doubled their lead when a throw in from the right was headed on to Steve Keeling who finished well with an overhead kick into the corner of the Town net. Chances continued to be few and far between with Cheadle’s Ben Jackson firing just over the Leek bar and Ashley Beff grazing the top of the Cheadle bar. With half time approaching Leek eventually reduced the arrears when a Kieran Scotland
shot was handled on the line and the resulting penalty was converted by Scotland himself.
Leek had an early breakthrough in the second half with Scotland feeding Liam Griffin
out on the left flank who fired over a cross for Jack Davis
to head home. Davis again went close with a left foot effort but Cheadle keeper Jack Salvatore did well to block. Macauley Smith
put Beff through but his shot lacked the necessary power to trouble the visiting keeper as the home side increased the pressure. Scotland tried his luck from distance but was just wide of the target. Another good ball through from Bostock put Davis in on goal but Salvatore beat the ball onto the post for a corner. Town kept up the pressure with Macaulay Martin
heading a corner just over the bar. Somewhat against the run of play Cheadle took the lead when lone striker Keeling picked up a big clearance, and despite the attention of three defenders somehow found the back of the net to put his side back in front. With time running out Griffin turned quickly to fire just over the bar followed by a goalmouth melee from a corner which Cheadle scrambled clear as the final whistle was blown.
A disappointing result for Leek who felt their performance deserved a least a point.