Dynamo Slip to Narrow Away Defeat
In a close encounter at Harrison Park, Leek Town secured a 1-0 home win over Dynamo.
This was the last round of Evo-Stik League matches in 2017. It was a much-improved Dynamo performance following the drab Boxing Day encounter at Gresley FC.
Dynamo were first to put pressure on goal when a third minute corner was well taken by home goalkeeper Ben Chapman, who was called into action again a minute later to cute out Luke Smithson’s centre.
The best chance of the early part of the game came in the tenth minute when Jordan Johnson broke clear on the left side of the Dynamo penalty area and hit a low shot which Dynamo goalkeeper James Martin saved with his legs for a corner. Two minutes later neither Smithson nor Karl Demidh could make a clean connection to a low ball delivered into the home penalty area.
A good run by Robert Stevenson down the Leek left in the fifteenth minute saw the Leek number 11 set up home captain Scott Lycett for a shot which went high and wide from a good position. Back came Dynamo, and right back Luke Thorogood was caught offside after a good passing move.
A through ball in the thirty-third minute saw home number 10 Daniel Trickett-Smith go down under pressure in the Dynamo penalty area, but Referee Mark Reeves waved away appeals for a penalty. A minute later a high ball put the Dynamo defence under pressure, Martin saving from Johnson with the ball rebounding Trickett-Smith, who set up Stevenson for a shot from a good position, but he blazed over the bar from a good position.
As half time approach Dynamo had two narrow escapes when first Marc Grocott’s shot was blocked and rebounded to him, his low follow up shot going just wide when most people in the ground thought it was going inside the far post. A minute later a long high ball saw Martin miss his kick under pressure outside his area, Stevenson going wide after the ball and missed the Dynamo goal with his shot, ensuring the half remained goal-less.
Within sixty seconds of the restart Grocott drew a save from Martin with a good shot, but Dynamo countered this with a good run by Smithson setting up Jared Holmes, the Dynamo midfielder put his shot over the bar.
The game changed in the fifty-fifth minute. Under pressure from Demidh, Chapman sliced his kick, the ball eventually being cleared by the Leek defence, the home side going straight down the pitch and the ball broke to Johnson in the Dynamo penalty area, and the home forward rolled his shot home to give Leek the lead.
Five minutes later Dynamo had a great chance to draw level. A ball into the Leek area was handled by Lycett. Demidh took the resulting penalty and he saw his low shot well saved by Chapman, diving to his left to turn the ball away.
The match then went into a phase of being a midfield encounter until the seventy-fourth minute when Tom Crawford’s volley drew an outstanding save from Martin. Dynamo then put a period of pressure on the home goal. Midfielder Alistair Smith saw his shot blocked for a corner, from which Smith put in a header which was cleared for another corner, Leek eventually clearing the ball.
The eighty-seventh minute saw Demidh set up Dynamo Captain Ash Hodgkinson for a shot which drew a good save from Chapman. A good run by Leek substitute Liam Davies in the ninetieth minute saw his shot well saved by Martin.
The game then entered a period of five minutes added time. In the ninety-third minute Dynamo gained a corner for which Martin came up. The ball was cleared however, and with Martin sprinting to get back Crawford tried a long range shot which went wide.
With the last kick of the game Dynamo had a great chance to equalise. The ball was headed across the Leek six-yard box by Dynamo substitute Sam Thorpe and from practically on the Leek goal line Edilson Antonio couldn’t reach the ball for a vital touch to score, leaving Leek narrow 1-0 winners.