First - Report
|Leek Town||2||vs||2||Goole AFC|
BLUES PEGGED BACK IN GAME OF TWO HALVES
Leek’s good start to the season took a downward turn when they were held to a draw by Goole at Harrison Park on Saturday after taking a first half lead.
However, Goole hit back after the break netting twice in five minutes early in the second period.
There followed plenty of goal-mouth action but neither side looked likely to find the winning goal.
After the game Leek Town Director of Football Neil Baker said, “I was pleased with the performance but obviously disappointed at losing a 2-goal lead.
“Apart from the first 20 minutes of the second half, that’s as much control of a game we’ve had all season”, he added.
Blues opened the game on the attack and in the 2nd minute they swept into the lead when Michael Thomas and Devon Gibson combined to set up James McCarthy who skilfully turned his marker inside the box before curling a shot wide of the keeper into the far bottom corner.
In the 7th minute Richard Minor was sliced down after cutting in from the left but when McCarthy drove a low cross to the near post Minor saw his hurried shot clip the upright before being cleared at the expence of a corner.
Blues came close again in the 13th minute after good work by McCarthy set up Devon Gibson who twice forced Anthony Bowsley into blocking tackles.
A good run by Minor down the left saw his cross flash through the six-yard box with neither Gibson nor McCarthy able to get a boot on it.
Leek stretched their lead in the 31st minute when Gibson crossed into the box where Matt Haddrell was on hand to drill the ball into the back of the net.
Goole ventured forward in the 32nd minute and Matty Bloor played a good ball into the box for Vill Powell but Danny Roberts got down well to save the shot.
A minute later Minor scooped a shot onto the roof of the net from an angle and then Minor’s shot was cleared at the second attempt by the overworked defenders.
Leek were dealt a blow when Michael Morton was forced to limp out of the action two minutes from half time and that seemed to unsettle Leek going into the second period.
And so it proved as within five minutes of the restart Goole pulled a goal back when a cross into the box found Simon Harrison who buried the ball into the bottom corner.
Five minutes later Goole drew level when Powell sprinted clear before firing a shot wide of Roberts into the back of the net.
Leek were reeling at this stage but they gradually recovered and in the 68th minute they should have regained the lead when Haddrell headed on for McCarthy to race into the box but with only the keeper to beat he shot straight at him.
Just a minute later Goole almost snatched the lead when, following a corner from the right, Luke Jeffs launched a thunderous shot goalwards from 35 yards that cannoned down off the underside of the crossbar before being scrambled away for a corner.
Blues pushed hard during the closing stages but Haddrell headed over following a corner, McCarthy stabbed wide after working an opening for himself and on the stroke of full time, Christian Millar went down in the box but the referee waived away the appeals.
Leek: Roberts, Thomas, Nixon, Tinson, Fitton, Holmes, McCarthy (Proffitt 90+2), Morton (Millar 43), Haddrell, Minor, Gibson (Sanders 75). Subs: not used; Mellor, Bridge.
Goole: Pecora, Wild (Robson 72), Jeffs, Bowsley, Hellewell, Johnson, Harrison, Bloor, Powell, Moore, Cotton (Cuttell 80). Subs not used; Buttle, Cruise, Gill.
Report: Mike Cope