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Nantwich Town  FC U16 v Leek Town (Juniors) U16

Nantwich Town FC U16 v Leek Town (Juniors) U16

By Jonathan Kerr
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Matchday 1 8th September 2019.


This promised to be a tight game between the two teams with Nantwich edging out Leek in the final minutes of the match.

The game started brightly for both teams but Nantwich got the rub of the green on 5 minutes with defensive mixup and the Nantwich player scoring a goal with the help of a unfortunate deflection off the Leek goalkeeper, Jacob. This seemed to spur Leek on and we equalised with a well taken goal through Thomas on 12 minutes with an assist from Jenson. For the next few minutes the game was pretty even between the two teams, but Leek were thankful for an excellent save from Jacob on 25 minutes to give Nantwich a corner, from the resulting corner Jacob again was pressed into action to keep the scores level. Leek took the lead on 28 minutes when Max chased down a ball over the top and after a strong challenge on the keeper Thomas was on hand to sweep the ball home from close range. Sadly the lead didn't last long and after some good interplay between the Nantwich midfield the pitch opened up for one of the Nantwich players to drive a powerful shot from some 25 yards high into the Leek goal on 35 minutes.

Half Time 2-2.

The second half started with Zach replacing Owen. Nantwich began the second half a lot quicker than Leek and forced Jacob to make two good saves within the first few minutes of the second half. Leek then took the lead on 44 minutes after some fine centre forward play by Thomas who forced the Nantwich keeper to make a save from a shot on the edge of the box and Luke was following in to pass the ball under the Nantwich keeper who couldn't recover in time to put Leek in front. During the next 15 minutes the game was mostly played in the Leek half who were grateful for some excellent goalkeeping from Jacob. On 56 minutes Leek got a free kick from just inside the half way line, Caleb floated in a deep cross that was met on the volley by Harry who fired the ball into the far corner of the Nantwich goal, the celebration was short lived as the linesman flagged for offside. Nantwich then had two excellent opportunities to level, first a cross from the left hand side was blazed over the bar and then from a Nantwich free kick the player struck the outside of the post and Leek managed to clear. Leek remained in front until 75 minutes when Nantwich equalised. At this point Leek just needed to manage the game but it wasn't to be as on 78 minutes a through ball from Nantwich put one of their players in on goal and he fired a close range shot past Jacob to put Nantwich in front. Leek tried to get one back in the final few minutes and Dylan flashed a header wide from a corner, however time was up and referee blew his whistle for the end of the match.

Jacob was a star performer today and kept the team in the game on numerous occasions and he gets the Man of the Match award from Simon and Ian.

Match Statistics.

Leek Goals.

Thomas Walton - 2
Luke Scotchford - 1

Corners.

Nantwich Town FC U16 - 4
Leek Town (Juniors) FC - 4

Shots on Target.

Nantwich Town FC U16 - 9
Leek Town (Juniors) FC - 4

Shots off Target.

Nantwich Town FC U16 - 6
Leek Town (Juniors) FC - 5

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Match details

Match date

Sun 08, Sep 2019

Kickoff

09:30