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Match Preview: Leek Town vs. Kidsgrove Athletic

By James Houghton

by Ross Lascelles

Grove will be looking to build on their scintillating performance at the weekend as they head to Harrison Park for a mid-week clash with local rivals Leek Town.

Ryan Austin’s men put up one of their performances of the season on Saturday when they blitzed past title chasers Runcorn Linnets in a 5-0 drubbing.

Captain Anthony Malbon will be hoping to continue his excellent run of form following his hat trick against The Linnets, while Kyle Diskin also goes into tonight’s fixture in a rich vein of goalscoring form having scored in 7 in his last 8 games after his halfway line wonder-strike on Saturday.

And Austin is hoping that the Runcorn victory will serve as a springboard for his side and that they can carry that momentum into tonight’s game.

“Obviously beating anyone 5-0 is massive for our confidence. Runcorn are no mugs. They’re 2nd in the league for a reason.

“Now we can take confidence and go into the Leek game. We’ll be looking for another performance like that but again we know it’s going to be another tough game.”

The home side, however, comes into the game on the back of a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Trafford. Neil Baker’s side were on a 5 match unbeaten run prior to their game on Saturday, but a Liam Ellis brace along with a Kamar Moncrieffe goal cancelled out Aaron Bott’s 20th-minute opener to deal a setback to The Blues’ promotion hopes.

But the Moorlands side still find themselves 5th in the league with two games in hand on the 4 teams above them and high hopes of breaking into the promotion places before the end of the season.

It is Kidsgrove who currently hold the bragging rights heading into this derby day though. Who could forget Diskin’s dramatic injury-time winner to clinch all three points in “El Staffico” back in January?

A win here for The Grove would go a long way to cementing a top half finish whilst a Leek victory would see them leapfrog Mossley in 4th place and put them right back in the title picture again.

Kidsgrove form: WLWDW

Leek form: WWDWL

Updated 14:28 - 5 Mar 2019 by James Houghton

Where next?

Match Preview: Kidsgrove Athletic vs Droylsden The Blues play host to Droylsden this weekend, hoping to keep pace with the top ten and continue their impressive form of late.


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