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Skelmersdale United
Leek Town
C Woods (20' Sent Off), C Belger (82' Sent Off)
Full time
N Maguire (2'), D Trickett-Smith (6', 62'), T Grice (11')
Sat 18 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 127

Nine-man United Suffer Leek Loss

Skelmersdale United 0 Leek Town 4

A nightmare start to the newly formed Evo-Stik West for United saw a 4-0 loss to Leek Town in a game where the Blues ended with nine men.

Dave Powell handed debuts to a number of summer signings while the quartet of Chris Cheetham, Jack Fleming, Tom Molyneux and Mike Roddy kept up a familar look from last season.

Leek made a perfect start as Tim Grice evaded several United defenders before finding Niall Maguire who fired past Cheetham to open the scoring inside two minutes.

The visitors extended their lead with just six miutes played as former Liverpool Academy striker Dan Trickett-Smith swept a low shot into the bottom corner from range for 2-0. United were facing a tough afternoon as Leek made it 3-0 in the 11th minute, Maguire and Grice swapping their earlier roles as the latter hit past Cheetham.

United were hindered unfairly on 20 minutes as a chase between Trickett-Smith and defender Callum Woods saw the forward supposedly felled by the 'last man'. The referee showed Woods a straight red card but replays show that this should not have been the case.

The second half saw United come achingly close to cutting the gap as a clever move sawJ ason Carey's shot cannon off the woodwork before Connor Belger's rebounded effort was saved by Danny Roberts.

United's hopes of a comeback were ended on 62 minutes as Trickett-Smith completed his brace with a superb free-kick which sailed past Cheetham for 4-0. T

he woes for the hosts didn't end there though as a bizarre moment of madness on 81 minutes saw Connor Belger dismissed leaving United with nine men for the remainder of the game. A bad day at the office for United who will need a quick improvement ahead of Tuesday's visit to Kendal Town.

United - Cheetham, Woods, Fleming, Molyneux, White (Brownsword 70), Roddy (c) Belger, Ennis (Griffiths 70), Edgar, Carey (Hawley 70), Moore. Subs not used - Smith, Donnelly.

Leek- Roberts, Green, Kearns, Grocott, Lycett (c), Bailey, Maguire, Walford, Grice (Johnson 70), Trickett-Smith (Brazel 78), Stevenson (Thomas 70)

Att 127

Key moments

Goal Niall Maguire scores for Leek Town
Goal Dan Trickett-Smith scores for Leek Town
Goal Tim Grice scores for Leek Town
Red Card Calum Woods is sent off for Skelmersdale United
Goal Dan Trickett-Smith scores for Leek Town
Red Card Connor Belger is sent off for Skelmersdale United


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82:00 Red Card 0 - 4
Connor Belger is sent off for Skelmersdale United
62:00 Goal 0 - 4
Dan Trickett-Smith scores for Leek Town
End of period 1
20:00 Red Card 0 - 3
Calum Woods is sent off for Skelmersdale United
11:00 Goal 0 - 3
Tim Grice scores for Leek Town
6:00 Goal 0 - 2
Dan Trickett-Smith scores for Leek Town
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Niall Maguire scores for Leek Town
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As it happened

  • Skelmersdale United
  • Leek Town
  • 0
  • Niall Maguire Goal 2:00'
  • Dan Trickett-Smith Goal 6:00'
  • Tim Grice Goal 11:00'
  • Calum Woods Red Card 20:00'
  • Dan Trickett-Smith Goal 62:00'
  • Connor Belger Red Card 82:00'

Team selection

Cheetham, Chris Cheetham, Chris
Woods, Calum Woods, Calum
Fleming, Jack Fleming, Jack
Moore, Dave Moore, Dave
White, Michael White, Michael
Roddy, Mike Roddy, Mike
Belger, Connor Belger, Connor
Molyneux, Tom Molyneux, Tom
Carey, Jason Carey, Jason
Ennis, Charlie Ennis, Charlie
Edgar, Kevin Edgar, Kevin
Skelmersdale United
Leek Town
  • 1. Danny Roberts
  • 2. Niall Green
  • 3. Joe Kearns
  • 4. Marc Grocott
  • 5. Scott Lycett
  • 6. Mat Bailey
  • 7. Niall Maguire
  • 8. Charlie Walford
  • 9. Tim Grice
  • 10. Dan Trickett-Smith
  • 11. Robert Stevenson
  • 12. Zeph Thomas
  • 14. Jordan Johnson
  • 15. Darren Chadwick
  • 16. Harry Brazel
  • 17. Ben Chapman

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
14. Colwyn Bay 12 13
15. Droylsden 8 9
16. Clitheroe 11 9
17. Chasetown 11 7
18. Kendal Town 12 7
19. Skelmersdale United 12 7
20. Glossop North End 12 6

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