Newcastle Town woes continue with late defeat to Leek Town
By Erick Jupp
Newcastle Town’s losing streak continued after they conceded late on to Leek Town, as they lost 1-0, prolonging their safety in the division.
Heading into the game, both sides were expected to keep the game close and this was exactly what happened.
Both sides struggled to make any clear cut chances in the first 15 minutes, but shortly after, the main chance of the first half came up. Leek were playing very possessive in their own half of the field where Alex Curtis from Newcastle intercepted the ball and was through on goal and faced a 1 on 1 challenge against Leek goalkeeper Danny Roberts, who produced a good save to deny Newcastle opening the scoring and kept the score level. Leek had a chance on the other side, but the header was just over the bar.
Leek started to create more chances onwards, and look dangerous from set pieces. After a free kick was given at the edge of the Newcastle box, where Dan-Trickett-Smith stood over the ball. His delivery was met by Niall Maguire, however, his headered effort was over the bar.
The game head as a scoreless 0-0 at half time going into the second half.
Leek came into the second half again on the front foot and had a great chance, but was denied after a great clearance off the line by Newcastle defender Sam Bradbury.
Trickett-Smith had another great opportunity from the edge of the box from a free kick where his effort was tipped over the bar by Newcastle keeper Adam Alcock.
Newcastle was really struggling to break the Leek defence and were on the back foot throughout the half and Leek had another good chance to open the scoring. A low ball played into the box fell to Tim Grice, who smashed the ball from close range, but it was just wide of the post.
When the game looked like it was going to finish as a stalemate, Leek opened the scoring just five minutes until stoppage time. Another dangerous free kick was given away at the edge of the box by Newcastle. Trickett-Smith again stood over the free kick. Instead of going for goal, he played it short to the edge of the box where Sam Hall placed a low driven shot to the bottom right of the goal, giving Alcock in the Castle goal no chance and leaving him stranded in the middle of the goal.
Castle threw men forward looking to get a goal but Leek defended well. There was a further blow for Castle when Port Vale loanee was sent off in the final minute for denying a goal scoring opportunity with the game finishing with a 1-0 victory for the visitors.
Newcastle will be looking to end this poor run of form when they head to Loughborough to face the Dynamo on Saturday.