LEEK Town’s 4-2 Boxing Day defeat of local rivals Newcastle Town moved them to within three points of the promotion play-off places in Division One South of the Evo-stik Northern Premier League table.
Highly-rated teenage central defender Scott Wara, pictured, signed on a month’s loan from Stoke City, made his debut in a Blues shirt.
Leek led 2-1 at half-time through goals from Jordan Johnson (15 mins) and man-of-the-match Rob Stevenson (28 mins), with Aaron Bott (36 mins) replying for the visitors.
Jordan’ opening goal for Blues took him onto nine for the season, two behind the club’s leading scorer Tim Grice on 11.
Niall Maguire (70 mins) and substitute Sam Grimshaw (82 mins) extended Leek’s lead in the second half, before Newcastle had the last say with a goal from William Bailey in the 86th minute.
Leek Town team: Chapman, Green, Lemon, Grocott, Wara, Lycett, Maguire, Crawford, Johnson, Trickett-Smith, Stevenson. Subs: Davies, Grice, Grimshaw, Shelley, Kearns. Attendance: 350.
This coming Saturday Blues are at home to Loughborough Dynamo, three places below them in the table, in eleventh spot, ahead of travelling to Market Drayton Town on New Year’s Day (Monday).