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Leek Town 1-1 Droylsden

Leek and Droylsden shared the points in this highly contested Evo Stik West clash at Harrison Park.
 
Liam Caddick’s sixty second minute strike was cancelled out nine minutes from time when Mat Bailey rose above the Bloods defence to head home from the corner.
 
Both teams, opening day winners, fielded unchanged teams and after a nervy opening few minutes, the Bloods settled to dominate much of the first half possession.
 
Clive Lewis saw his strike from a Lewis Doyle corner cleared off the line after just ten minutes and there were first chances for Domaine Rouse, who shot from the edge of the area narrowly flew past the far post of keeper Danny Roberts.
 
With ten minutes before the half time whistle Sefton Gonzales got to the byline to square the ball to Rouse who goal-bound shot was blocked by the defender, Lewis Doyle’s follow up shot easily saved by the keeper while a Shaun Holden cross found Ryan Jennings unmarked at the back post but the striker had a little bit too much to do and headed weakly.
 
The home team came out stronger after the break, replacing Charlie Walford with Jordan Johnson, Tim Grice and Niall Maguire both having chances as the Bloods battled to control the play.
 
Sam Madeley came on for Ryan Jennings with just over half an hour left but it was Liam Caddick, scoring his second of the season, who unlocked the gates, in similar circumstances to Saturday picking up a loose ball from just outside the area and striking low into the corner.
 
Droylsden could easily have doubled the lead just a minute later, Madeley just inches from touching the ball after Shaun Holden’s Cross flew across the six yard box.
 
Five minutes later, the Leek defence gave Holden far too much room to run, the left back allowed to shoot unchallenged and seeing his strike fly just over the bar.
 
But the Bloods lost their way after this and Leek edged back into the contest, and sustained pressure finally led to the Bailey equaliser from the corner.
 
In the last five minutes it could have gone either way, Rouse seeing his shot finger tipped round the post by Roberts while at the other end, Johnson’s strike whistled inches over the bar.
 
Star man for the Bloods Shaun Holden