Blues moved up to 5th in the league table following their victory and are now just three points from the top with games in hand on three clubs above them.
In the pre-match build up, all the talk was of the anticipated clash of two veterans between Leek’s vastly experienced skipper Darren Tinson (41) and Coalville’s latest signing, Julian Joachim (37), the former Leicester City and Aston Villa striker.
However, it was Macclesfield Town loanee Michael Thomas who kept the former England Under-21 International quiet with some good defending.
After the game, delighted Leek Director of Football Neil Baker said, “I thought we were very good today – we played our best football of the season creating numerous chances and defended well.
“I don’t want to get in the business of naming names but there were a number of excellent individual performances out there – what more could I ask of the players”, he added.
The visitors pressed forward and won an early free kick just 10 yards inside the Leek half. But Leek responded a minute later with Richard Minor crossing to the far post where Ricky Bridge drove it back in only for the keeper to cut out the dangerous cross.
In the 6th minute a Leek free kick was cleared only as far as James McCarthy but when he crossed into the 6-yard box Matt Haddrell just failed to make contact.
Coalville won a free kick wide on the left in the 9th minute and it took an intervention from Danny Holmes to clear the danger.
A minute later, Nathan Jones did well to get a shot in from an angle but Danny Roberts was equal to it tipping the ball round the upright for a corner.
Two minutes later Leek came close when a run down the right by Minor produced a corner that McCarthy drove into the box where Christian Millar saw his header hacked off the line by Craig Reid.
Blues kept up the pressure with Minor and McCarthy combining to cross to the far post where Haddrell nodded the ball back in but this time Millar mis-hit his shot horribly wide over the crossbar.
In the 24th minute Glyn Mellor launched a long throw into the Ravens’ box but again Millar mi-shit his shot.
A minute later Danny Holmes threaded a ball through for McCarthy who attacked the box before beating two defenders to get in a clever shot that clipped the outside of the post from 15-yards out.
On the half hour mark, speedy winger Ryan Robbins went down the left and then turned inside only to fire straight at the Leek keeper.
Blues pressed forward again in the 33rd minute and won three corners in quick succession before Holmes spread the ball wide to Minor who drove a cross into the 6-yard box where Haddrell just failed to get a boot on it.
The goal that Leek had been threatening came four minutes from the break when Minor raced clear before crossing into the box for McCarthy who rammed the ball home from close range.
Leek almost increased their lead on the stroke of half time when Bridge played the ball forward for Devon Gibson who just won the race for the ball only for the keeper to block the effort.
In the first minute of the second half Haddrell muscled his way into the box but his shot failed to trouble the keeper.
And two minutes later Gibson crossed into the box but McCarthy’s header from point blank range lacked power and the ball was hacked clear.
McCarthy wasn’t to be denied though, and in the 50th minute Gibson charged down an attempted clearance to bear down on goal before laying the ball into the path the Leek striker who made no mistake from 10 yards out.
However, Leek’s two-goal cushion lasted just four minutes when Coalville skipper Callum Woodward rifled home with a stunning shot from the edge of the box.
Coalville then failed to press home their advantage though and Leek were in no mood to throw away the lead they had worked so hard for.
The threat from the visitors failed to materialise as Leek went for the victory but Blues failed to find the target from a further three corners in quick succession before McCarthy went on a run and turned two defenders to set up Millar who skied the ball from just inside the box.
In the 66th minute Joachim held the ball up well for Anthony Carney but as the Leek defence backed off the midfielder could only find the side-netting.
Blues came close to extending their lead in the 73rd minute but when Bridge burst into the box he lashed his shot narrowly wide of the upright.
Haddrell then shot wide and Gibson drove a shot across the keeper and wide of the far post as Leek kept up the pressure.
Bridge almost netted Leek’s third in the 82nd minute when Gibson crossed into the box for the Blues’ full back whose fierce shot squirmed through the keeper’s hands and wide for a corner.
Coalville managed a chance from a corner in the 85th minute but when the ball fell to him, Lee Miveld fired over from just outside the box.
Leek should have killed the game off in the 86th minute when Haddrell burst into the box to set up substitute Tim Grice
but with an empty net gaping, the debutant lifted his shot over when it seemed easier to score.
Deep into added time Grice set up Gibson with a chance but the Aussie winger saw his shot beaten out by the keeper.
Leek: Roberts, Sanders, Bridge (Nixon 89), Tinson, Mellor, Thomas, McCarthy (Grice 81), Holmes, Haddrell, Millar Minor (Gibson 42). Subs not used: Proffitt, Turner.
Coalville: Boles, Dodd, Reid, Attwood (Gray 85), Parker, Wells, Woodward, Carney (Miveld 77), Joachim, Jones (Moore 67), Robbins. Subs not used: Everitt.
Man of the Match: Ricky Bridge.
Cards: Danny Holmes Y
Report: Mike Cope