Kidsgrove Athletic 1-1 Leek Town match report
By Shahed Popat Popat
An action filled local derby ends in a draw.
Staffordshire rivals Kidsgrove Athletic and Leek Town had to settle for a point at the Novus Stadium.
There was an early chance in the opening minutes for Kidsgrove to take the lead, after Lee Cropper took a shot in the box which went just over the Bar.
The opening goal came in the 13th minute for the home side. A great ball by Rhys Thompson from defense found Cropper, who played the ball straight across the goal to Anthony Malbon who tapped the ball into the empty net.
The Grove almost went close to double their lead half way through the first half. Kyle Diskin swung the corner in to the box which met Jon Beaumont who failed to get enough power behind his header.
The best chance for Leek Town in the first half came in the 33th minute. Dan Trickett-Smith free kick from outside of the box tested the skills of Dave Parton, Parton made an incredible save getting his fingertips on the ball to cancel out Trickett-Smith’s effort.
Kidsgrove started second half brightly, Malbon had an early chance, he got into the crowded opposition box and his effort was well saved by goalkeeper Danny Roberts, Roberts rebound came out to Cropper who hit the ball straight at the keeper.
Cropper should have made it 2-0 for the Grove in the 60th minute of the game. Malbon received the ball into the box, he went around Roberts and squared the ball to Cropper who struck the ball towards goal but an outstanding save by Roberts denied Cropper.
Leek Town equalised with an unstoppable free kick from Trickett-Smith in the 74th minute. The free kick came after Thompson brought down a leek player just outside the box, which resulted in him getting booked by the referee.
It was nervy ending for the Grove as Trickett-Smith had the last chance of the game, he received the ball in the box and his shot just whizzed past the post.