It was an opportunity for Neil Baker to rotate his squad and field an experimental team in this fixture, and that is just what he did handing starts to Aiden Walker, Jason Law and Ethan Stanton.
The Blues started well with Twyford and Law combining and breaking from midfield but the Chasetown keeper, Curtis Pond, was relatively untroubled in the first half. Chasetown gradually grew into the game as the half grew, and had the ball in the net - however, the neat finish by George Cater was ruled out for offside. There was very little else to report as the teams cancelled each other out.
HT Chasetown 0 Leek Town 0
The second half commenced and Chasetown took the initiative quickly, with Keiran Brown scoring on 46 minutes. A neat move on the left wing saw him in space, he cut in and beat the advancing Danny Roberts with the flick off his right boot which saw the ball nestle in the far corner from a very narrow angle, a very good finish. If the first half was evenly matched, Chasetown had more purpose in the second and used the slope well to counter attack and break up Leeks play.
In an effort to get on even terms Neil Baker brought on Chris Baker and Rob Stevenson who both added some impetus in the final third, Leek enjoyed a little more possession but only threatened on goal on a few occasions. The tie finally petered out with Chasetown the victors.
Most of the Leek Town fans will not be too worried that we have exited the competition so early, as the league games and a mounting injury list must be planned for. The Blues return to cup action on Saturday with an FA Trophy away tie against Newcastle Town.
Leek Town line up as follows
- Bavanganga replaced by Keenan (65)
- Reeves replaced by Baker (72)
- Law replaced by Stevenson (72)
Substitutes : Chadwick, Cortes-Smith (Unused)