A LATE equaliser from Matt Bailey earned Blues a deserved point from an entertaining encounter at Harrison Park last night.
Bailey, pictured, headed in from a corner kick in the 81st minute to cancel out a 62nd minute opener from Droylsden’s Liam Caddick.
Caddick fired a low shot into the bottom corner of the net past Blues man-of-the-match Danny Roberts.
Substitute Jordan Johnson went close to stealing a win for Blues two minutes from a time with a shot which curled just over the bar.
Blues boss Neill Baker chose to field the same-line-up which opened the season with a 4-0 victory away to Skelmersdale United on Saturday.
However, Baker was forced into a late re-shuffle on the subs bench after Darren Chadwick was injured during the warm-up. Jessy Bavanganga took his place on the bench.
Leek Town: Roberts, Green, Kearns, Grocott, Lycett, Bailey, Maguire, Walford, Grice, Trickett-Smith, Stevenson. Subs: Thomas, Johnson, Bavanganga, Brazer, Chapman.
Goalkeeper Danny Roberts receives Blues man-of-the-match award
LEEK Town turn their attention to the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, when they face North West Counties League side Litherland REMYA away in the preliminary round.
Litherland beat Charnock Richard 4-2 at home in the previous round.
The Merseysiders have a new manager in former Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers and Macclesfield Town player James Olsen, previously in charge of team affairs at Bootle FC. He is a top-level coach who also works with youngsters at Premiership club Everton.
REMYA play at The Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Road, Litherland, Liverpool L21 7LA.
The club began life in the Seaforth area of the city as St Thomas FC (1959).
Last night’s (Aug 21) football results:-
Carlisle United 2 (Grainger pen 30, Parkes 84) PORT VALE 1 (Hannant 88)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League
West Division: Colne 1, Ramsbottom United 0; Kendal Town 1, Skelmersdale United 0; LEEK TOWN 1 (Matt Bailey 81) , Droylsden 1; Market Drayton Town 2, Newcastle Town 1; Mossley 2, Widnes 1; Prescot Cables 3, Glossop North End 1; Radcliffe FC 4, Clitheroe 1; Runcorn Linnets 2, Chasetown 1.
Total Motion Midland League
Division One: Brocton 1, Paget Rangers 0; Leicester Road 2, UTTOXETER TOWN 4 (James Curley 26, 49, 79, Ollie Ritchie 76); Lichfield City 1, NFK Burbage 3; Racing Club Warwick 2, Cadbury Athletic 2; Stapenhill 1, Heather St Johns 2; Studley 2, Littleton 1.
Tonight’s (Aug 22) fixtures:-
STOKE CITY v Wigan Athletic (kick off 7.45pm).
Staffordshire County Senior League
Premier Division: Cheadle Town v Wolstanton United; Florence FC v Leek CSOB; Foley Meir v Silverdale Athletic; Hanley Town v Eastwood Hanley; Redgate Clayton v Ashbourne FC; Tunstall Town v Brereton Social; Walsall Phoenix v Stafford Town; Alsager Town v Newcastle Town.
Division One: Audley v Ball Haye Green; Milton United v Norton Wanderers; Red Star Alma v Whittington FC.