Blues go close to inflicting first defeat of the season on league leaders Cleethorpes Town

PREMIER DIVISION

Stoke City 2 (Diouf 40 mins, Crouch 85 mins), Southampton 1 (Yoshida 75 mins).

LEAGUE TWO

Stevenage 2 (Newton 22 mins, Smith 54 mins), Port Vale 0.

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South

LEEK TOWN 0, CLEETHORPES TOWN 0

BLUES came close to inflicting the first defeat of the season on table-topping NPL newcomers Cleethorpes Town.

Last season’s promoted North East Counties League Premier Division champions were hanging on by a thread at the end of a second half dominated by the hosts.

Tim Grice, pictured, twice went desperately close to breaking the deadlock in the closing few minutes, firstly curling the ball just over and then jnarrowly failing turn in a cross from substitute Rob Stevenson.

Grice and Jordan Johnson had also gone close earlier as Blues turned the game on its head after Cleethorpes had the better of the first half.

Blues have now collected seven points from their last three games without conceding.

Leek Town: Chapman, Curley, Kearns, Grocott, Lycett, Chadwick, Trickett-Smith, Maguire, Grice, Johnson, Cavleley. Subs: Bird, Stevenson, Melingui, Morris, Conlon.

Attendance: 247.

Today’s other Evo-Stick NPL First Division South results:-

Belper Town 2, Carlton Town 1; Chasetown 0, Loughborough Dynamo 0; Corby Town 2, Stocksbridge Park Steels 1; Frickley Athletic 2, Bedworth United 4; Lincoln United 2, Kidsgrove Athletic 1; Market Drayton Town 1, Spalding United 0; Peterborough Sports 1, Gresley FC 1; Romulus 2, Sheffield FC 2; Stamford 1 Newcastle Town 1. 

MIDLAND LEAGUE

ROCESTER FC 2, LYE TOWN 2

ROCESTER snatched a late equaliser to claim a point from a 2-2 draw at home to Lye Town in the Midland League Premier Division.

Martin Smyth, pictured, equalised with a powerful header from James Frost’s cross in the 90th minute.

The game started in dramatic fashion when Romans went 1-0 up in the very first minute,

Lye’s Luke Paskin turned the ball into his own net while attempting to clear a Smyth centre.

However, Jack Till levelled matters for the visitors with a simple header in the 32nd minute.

Lye took the lead in the 52nd minute when Jacob Wedderburn scored with a simple tap-in.

Rocester refused to give in and their never-say-die attitude was rewarded with skipper Smyth’s late leveller – his ninth goal of the season.

KYLE Esplin netted a hat-trick for Uttoxeter Town in their 4-1 win at home to Pershore Town in Division One.

Sam Agar completed the scoring for Uttoxeter with his first goal for the club.

Uttoxeter moved up four places to twelfth in the table as a result of this victory and are now just four points below the team in fourth spot.

Premier Division: Boldmere St Michaels 0, Rugby Town 3; Coleshill Town 2, Heanor Town 1; Coventry United 2, AFC Wulfrunians 4; Haughmond United 0, Loughborough University 1; Highgate United 3, Coventry Sphinx 1; Long Eaton United 2 Shawbury United 0; Quorn 2, Stourport Swifts 2; ROCESTER 2, Lye Town 2; South Normanton Athletic 0, Bromsgrove Sporting 3; Sporting Khalsa 4, Westfields 2; Worcester City 3, Shepshed Dynamo 2.

Division One: Atherstone Town 1 Paget Rangers 1; Bolehall Swifts 0, Heath Hayes 5; Cadbury Athletic 3, Lichfield City 3; Hinckley AFC 6, Brocton 4; Ilkeston Town 1, Leicester Road 3; Littleton 2, Stafford Town 1; Racing Club Warwick 0, Walsall Wood 4; Studley 2, Heather St Johns 2; UTTOXETER TOWN 4, Pershore Town 1. 

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE

Division One: Foley Meir Res 2, Shenstone Pathfinder 1; Keele University 1, Audley 0; Penkridge FC 2, Brereton Social 3; Redgate Clayton Res 3, Milton United 1; Walsall Phoenix Res 0, Leek CSOB Res 3.

Division Two: Featherstone FC 1, Goldenhill Wanderers 6; AFC Fenton 1, Miltion United Res 5; Audley Res 2, Acorn Albion 4; Hilton Harriers 2, NDFC 2; Red Star Alma 4, Chesterton AFC 1; Staffordshire Moorlands 3, Keele University Res 3; Whittington FC 4, Cannock United 2. 

LEEK CUP

First round: Abbey Hulton United 6, AFC Alsager 0.

FA INTER-LEAGUE CUP

First round (played at Newcastle Town FC)

Staffordshire County Senior League 5 (Broad 2, Saki, Pointon, Kempson),

Lancashire Amateur League 0. 

Rugby Union

Midlands Two West (North): Crewe & Nantwich 8, Whitchurch 34; Kidderminster 18, Cleobury Mortimer 17; LEEK 10, Walsall 5; Ludlow 11, Veseyans 6; Newcastle 50, Tamworth 0; Old Salteians 12, Spartans 13.

Midlands Three West (North): Burntwood 25, Willenhall 14; Cannock 55, Barton-under-Needwood 0; Edwardians 35, UTTOXETER 15; Handsworth 52, Trentham 27; Harborne 0, Telford Hornets 27; Shrewsbury 15, Stafford 3.