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Leek inflict Trophy woe on Robins
9:00pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in Sport
TWO goals by Jordan Johnson was enough to send Leek Town into the second qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy with a 2-0 victory over Evesham United at the Jubilee Stadium.
Leek, who are top and unbeaten in Northern League Division One South, were made to work hard for the win with Johnson’s finishing the difference between the sides.
Evesham made the early running and only the feet of Blues goalkeeper Ben Chapman prevented Lance Smith from firing United into an early lead.
John Johnston was causing the Robins plenty of problems with his pace down the right and from one of his surging runs, his cross enabled Johnson to sweep in Leek’s opening goal on 23 minutes.
Evesham responded and had the ball in the net before half-time but Nat Lewars’ effort was adjudged to have been offside.
United pressed for an equaliser during the opening stages of the second-half with Chapman called into action to save from Smith and the hardworking Marcus Jackson.
The crossbar then prevented Johnson from adding a second with a well-struck free-kick but the striker was on the scoresheet for a second time 12 minutes from the end.
Skipper Ryan Dicker did all the hard work before supplying a low cross which Johnson buried from six yards.
United never gave up and there was still time for Neil Barnfield to thump a drive against a post and then Carl Brown land a shot onto the roof of the net with Chapman beaten.
Evesham United: Bateman, Wilson, Mansell, Loney, Dovey, Botfield, M Jackson, Barnfield, Lewars, Smith (Holloway 86), Brown. Subs not used: A Jackson, Magee, Millard.
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