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Twyford scores twice as Leek overcome Nantwich Town.

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For the second time in a week, Leek Town defeated a Northern Premier League Premier Division side as this time Nantwich Town were beaten by the Blues.

Seven days ago, Neil Baker’s men saw off Buxton 2-1 and, that was the same scoreline, at a very windy Weaver Stadium.

Former Sandbach United forward James Kirby started up alongside Aaron Bott. He had the first chance of the match when he made an effort from around 20-yards-out. However, his effort wasn’t troubling Greg Hall in the Nantwich goal.

Kirby went even closer just a few minutes later when he saw his shot from inside the area parried by Hall.

At the other end, Danny Roberts was lucky not to be sent off, when he collided with Joe Malkin just outside the area. Roberts was booked for his troubles while Matt Bell’s free-kick was poor and went straight into the wall.

Just before the interval, Bott had a glorious chance to open the scoring, when he was played through on goal. However, he put his shot just wide of the target.

Just after the hour mark, Leek opened the scoring when Twyford broke the offside trap and slotted the ball past the onrushing Hall. It was what Leek deserved as they had coped well with their higher division opponents.

That lead lasted for just four minutes as former Kidsgrove Athletic midfielder Will Saxon poked the ball home at the near post following some good work by Joe Mwasile.

It was a crazy 15 minutes as Leek retook the lead on 75 minutes as Twyford made it 2-1. Bott had cut the ball back to him and, his shot deflected off former Leek Town man Matt Bell. It wrong-footed Hall and, rolled into the back of the net.

With the lead restored Neil Baker brought on youth team products Jack Hurd and Joe Thompson giving them a taste of first-team football.

Chris Baker impressed again on the wing for Leek and, he almost ensured the Blues had won the game as he cut inside off the wing. However, his shot went over the bar.

It was a fantastic result for the Blues as they complete their pre-season preparations ahead of the new season. It has seen decent run-outs against Football League sides against Port Vale and Macclesfield Town as well as wins against the likes of Buxton and Nantwich Town, who compete in a league higher.

Next week the league starts as Leek travel to Wisbech Town in the BetVictor Northern Premier League, before facing Kidsgrove Athletic in their first home game of the season.

After the game we spoke to Leek Town Neil Baker live on Moorlands Radio.

I also spoke to Nantwich Town manager Dave Cooke following the game.

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Richard Scott
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