Leek Town manager Neil Baker expressed his satisfaction with the first two performances of his newly formed squad after holding Stoke City’s Under-23’s to a 1-1 draw at Harrison Park on Saturday.

Blues had thrashed Abbey Hulton United 9-1 in their opening fixture but the young Stoke squad proved stiffer opposition and they almost took the lead in the opening minutes following a mistake by Ben Chapman in the Leek goal.

However, the Potters took the lead on 10 minutes when new signing Tyrese Campbell from Manchester City rifled home from15 yards out.

Stoke enjoyed most of the ball in the opening half but Blues came close to levelling on the half-hour mark when trialist Drew Rickets saw his back post header from Niall Maguire’s corner cleared off the line.

Leek looked a better proposition in the second half but it took them until the 70th minute to test the Potters’ substitute keeper when Sam Grimshaw took on the visitors’ defence only for his cross-shot to fly through the 6-yard box with no-one on hand to apply the finishing touch.

However, Leek gained some reward for their industry in the 80th minute when Tim Grice converted Niall Green’s right-wing cross to level the scores.

After the game Blues’ boss Neil Baker commented, “These were two very contrasting games.

“At Abbey Hulton we enjoyed the lion’s share of the ball and the strikers were clinical with their finishing.

“But today Stoke understandably had most of the ball but we defended well under pressure particularly in the second half and we improved as the game went on leading to our equaliser with 10 minutes to go,” he added.

Source: Leek Town FC

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