BOXING DAY DERBY IS A CHRISTMAS CRACKER
Leek supporters had a very merry Christmas as they watched their side dispatch Newcastle Town 4-2 at Harrison Park on Boxing Day.
Neil Baker made one change from the side that won at Belper with Scott Wara making his debut in central defence and Joe Kearns dropping to the bench.
The change meant Niall Green returning to right back with Jordan Lemon moving across to left back.
Blues were on the front foot from the outset and Rob Stevenson and Wara both had efforts saved by Adam Allcock early on.
Town went ahead on 15 minutes when Dan Trickett-Smith picked out the run of Johnson and the striker slotted home expertly low across Alcock and in off the far post.
The second goal came in the 28th minute and it followed a lovely sweeping move from one end of the pitch to the other.
Tom Crawford picked the ball deep in his own half and surged to the half-way line before passing to Johnson, he played in Niall Green who over-lapped down the right. His low ball across the area was missed by Niall Maguire but Rob Stevenson was on hand to slam home the ball from close range.
Castle almost pulled a goal back when Aaron Bott escaped down the right and made strides into the box before dinking the ball over Ben Chapman but Wara got back to hook the ball off the line.
Bott did get on the score sheet soon afterwards when Wara stumbled and lost possession and the ball was played to the Newcastle forward who finished clinically past Chapman.
Johnson has the ball in the net again on the stroke of half-time, but the goal was ruled out for after the assistant flagged for a hand being used to control the ball.
Castle enjoyed their best spell early in the second half as they looked for an equaliser, but Blues defence stood firm and they gradually got back on top as the game wore on.
On 67 minutes Green's cross shot from the right was hacked off the line. Three minutes later Niall Maguire found the target to make it 3-1.
Stevenson got away down the left and his cross was half-cleared to Maguire who fired an unstoppable shot high into the corner of the net from 20 yards.
Substitute Sam Grimshaw got into the act on 82 minutes with a lovely curling finish into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Castle kept plugging away and scored a consolation goal four minutes from time when Will Bailey fired the ball in off the crossbar from 22 yards out.
So a 4-2 victory for Blues and six points from six from the opening two festive fixtures and they will look to extend that run with another home game against Loughborough Dynamo on Saturday.
Team: : Chapman, Green, Kearns, Grocott, Wara, Lycett, Maguire, Crawford, Johnson (Grimshaw, 71), Trickett-Smith (Shelley, 80), Stevenson (Davies, 84)
Unused subs: Grice. Kearns
Man of the Match: Rob Stevenson
Match Sponsors: The Fountain Inn