Sunday Sport: No starting place for Blues new teenage loan signing from Stoke City


BLUES maintained their impressive away form in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League with a sixth win on their travels.

The three points from their Derbyshire excursion keep them within reach of the promotion play-off places.

Just four points separate Blues and Bedworth United up in fourth spot in Division One South.

There was no place in the Leek starting line-up for new central defender loan signing Scott Wara .

The Stoke City teenager, who has been brought in by Blues boss Neil Baker as defensive cover, was named as a substitute after Scott Lycett (calf strain) declared himself fit to play.

Spectators at the Amber Valley ground had to wait 45 minutes before witnessing the first goal attempt on target from either side

That was when Blues stopper Ben Chapman flung himself low to his left to deny Belper the lead.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 59th minute when Jordan Johnson fired into the bottom of the net from the edge of the box.

Johnson then went close to adding a second goal just four minutes later when his shot cannoned off the inside of the post.

However, Dan Trickett-Smith, the former Liverpool £300,000 signing from Crewe Alex, increased Blues lead after 67 minutes danced through and rounded the Belper goalkeeper to find the back of the net.

Johnson went close to putting Blues 3-0 ahead with a shot which was pushed away, before Belper hit back through substitute Alex Steadman from the penalty spot in the 87th minute.

Blues were then faced with nervously playing out four minutes of added time as Belper battled for an equaliser

Leek Town: Chapman, Lemon, Kearns, Grocott, Green, Lycett, Maguire, Crawford, Johnson, Trickett-Smith, Stevenson. Subs: Davies (Trickett-Smith 77 mins), Wara, Grice (Johnson 77 mins), Grimshaw.