Leek close in on top spot, Chasetown miss chance to go level with leaders

Some big results this weekend as the season run-in approaches

Screengrab credit: Leek Town FC

Leek Town are just three points within Northern Premier League West Division leaders Warrington Rylands after recording their fourth straight victory.

The hosts defeated Ramsbottom United 2-1 to make it 12 games unbeaten.

Tim Grice netted his 14th goal of the season after 12 minutes before Lewis Short’s 77th-minute winning strike.

Leek have played a game fewer than Warrington but two more than second-place Workington who currently only sit above Leek on goal difference.

Elsewhere, goals from Kinsgley Adu-Gyamfi and Mac McCarthy saw Kidsgrove Athletic to a 2-0 win over Clitheroe.

Chasetown missed the chance to go level on points with Midlands Division leaders Ilkeston Town on Saturday.

They slumped to a 4-0 home loss to play-off hopefuls Stamford. A win would have seen them second with Ilkeston’s goal difference much superior, but for now, they stay third.

In the Premier Division, Joe Cuff’s strike saw Stafford Rangers draw 1-1 with leaders South Shields to sit eighth.

In the Southern League Central Premier Division, Tamworth move further away from the relegation zone thanks to a 1-0 win over Bromsgrove Sporting courtesy of a Dan Creaney goal.

New boss Andy Peaks has won both of his first two games, with the Lambs now eight points from the bottom three.

Elsewhere, Hednesford Town‘s play-off hopes are over after slipping to 13th following a 2-1 defeat to Stratford Town.

Abbey Hulton win enthralling six-goal Staffordshire derby

Abbey Hulton United came out the victors of a 4-2 thriller against Rocester in the North West Counties Football League First Division South.

After Kevyn Davies replied less than 60 seconds after Tyler Barnes’ two-minute opener for Rocester, Daniel Cope bagged two in six minutes to put the visitors ahead.

His 19th-minute strike and 25th-minute penalty preceded Lee Cropper’s hour-mark goal for Hulton’s fourth.

Jayden Hunter grabbed a consolation for Rocester in the dying embers but his side are now nine points from safety.

Eccleshall are seven points above the drop zone following a 0-0 draw with Stockport County.

Brocton were also held to a goalless draw by Cammell Laird while Stafford Town lost 3-1 to New Mills.

In the Midland Football League Premier Division, Stone Old Alleynians built on their midweek cup upset with a goalless draw with second place Boldmere St Michaels.

The result means Lichfield City have slipped to third.

In Division 1, Stapenhill drew 2-2 with OJM Black Country as Heath Hayes beat Dudley Town 3-0.

Coton Green stay second in Division 2 despite falling to an unusually heavy 5-1 defeat to leaders Cadbury Athletic.

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