Dynamo suffer first loss of season
Leek Town threw the form book out of the window to seal their first league win of the season at Loughborough Dynamo on Saturday.
An even match went the way of last season’s beaten playoff contenders, as Leek took advantage of individual defensive errors to secure all three points.
Both teams were trying to get the ball down and play attractive football early on without creating any clear cut chances.
But Dynamo had new signing Sam Johnson to thank after 11 minutes, after the defender did enough to rush Leek striker Jordan Johnon into a weak shot straight at goalkeeper Charlie Taylor.
Taylor was forced into action twice more as the first half wore on, first when saving comfortably from a long range effort by midfielder Dan Shelley, and then when reacting quickest to race out of his area and clear a dangerous long ball.
However, Taylor was powerless to prevent Dynamo from falling behind in the 28th minute. An under-hit pass-back from Tom Rigby put Johnon through on goal, and the Leek Town striker kept his head to calmly finish past the on-rushing goalkeeper.
Leek had a chance to double their advantage when Johnon put his near post header wide when unmarked from a Dan Shelley free-kick in the 38th minute.
But clear-cut chances were in short supply until Taylor pulled off an outstanding save to deny Johnon a second goal from a 20-yard free kick in the 52nd minute.
Although Dynamo were enjoying a lot of possession, they were unable to create any chances, and it was no surprise when Danny Quinn was taken off in the 55th minute. The talented striker was obviously still struggling with the injury which has limited his playing time so far this season.
Quinn’s replacement, Edilson Antonio showed some good touches around the box, but Dynamo missed a strong physical presence upfront and were soon made to pay for being shot-shy when chances arose.
Taylor failed to claim a corner in the 70th minute; the ball fell kindly for Leek captain James Curley, and the defender bundled the ball into the unguarded net to seal the points for the away side.
Taylor made some amends for his earlier error by tipping a deflected effort over the bar at full stretch in the 74th minute.
But to add insult to injury, Leek’s third goal came from another defensive mix-up. Taylor failed to gather a long ball and Leek substitute Chris Budrys was left with a simple finish to complete the scoring.
Following the match, Dynamo manager Pete Ward explained: “We were well in the game after 30 minutes but the first goal changed it completely and from that moment on it was a catalogue of errors.
“We’ve got players missing but I can’t sit here and make excuses. We had more of the ball than them in the first half, but gave away goals that we shouldn’t be conceding. After that your chasing the game without your main strikers fully fit or available which makes it difficult.”
The manager continued: “We’ve got Basford next who are my favourites for the league, so Monday will be a difficult game. Having said that we have had a good start; yesterday was a bad day at the office, but when a few players come back we will have a good team and think we’ll have a good season.”
Next up for Dynamo, is an away trip to Basford United on Bank Holiday Monday.