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Mike Cope's weekly update from Harrison Park
over 5 years ago | Alan Allcock


Leek Town completed their pre-season programme with a battling performance at Buxton on Saturday.

Blues twice came from behind to level the scores in a very competitive game and they looked like getting a deserved draw until the referee harshly intervened two minutes from time awarding the home side a dubious free kick on the edge of the box from which Buxton scored the winner.

After the game Leek manager Wayne Johnson said, “We looked sharp going forward and we’ve started scoring goals but my main concern now is the goals we are conceding – we haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of our pre-season games.

“So we will be working on our defending during training this week in our build-up to the big game on Saturday.

“I blasted the players at Buxton because we should have won the game. We created some good chances despite the quality of the opposition.

“However, things have been steadily improving over the last two or three games and I learned a lot during pre-season.

“Despite the defeat, I have also taken many plusses out of the game at the Silverlands but Saturday is what counts now – we have to defend well and take our chances”, he added.


Leek Town have signed goalkeeper Jon Ritchie after he returned to the UK recently from playing in Cyprus.

Ritchie began his career at Everton as a youngster and he also enjoyed spells at Liverpool, Chester City, Stockport County and Newcastle Town before moving to Cyprus 18 months ago.

The 21-year old helped Anagennisi - Dherynia (Famagusta) to win promotion to the Cypriot Second Division last season but moved back to the UK in May.

He began this pre-season training at Vauxhall Motors until he got a call from Blues’ boss Wayne Johnson inviting him to train at Harrison Park.

Commenting on his signing, Ritchie said, “I was a little surprised to get the call to be honest but made up to get some games under my belt.

“I came down to Leek and have been very impressed with the manager Wayne Johnson, the facilities and the club’s ambition'.

“Although we have not had the best pre-season results so far, I feel I have done well and I am delighted to have signed for a club like Leek for this season - I am sure we will turn around our form come the start of the season”, he added.


Leek Town manager Wayne Johnson trimmed his squad last week when he released former Kidsgrove reserve team striker Joe Woolliscroft.

Johnson expects to have a full squad in training this week ahead of the season opener against Spalding at Harrison Park on Saturday.

Strikers Leon Ashman and Paul Rutter reported back from holiday and both figured in the friendly at Buxton whilst Carl Allen and Paul Taylor will rejoin the squad on Tuesday as will Matt Johnson who missed the Buxton game attending a wedding.

Former Crewe Alex trialist Jimmy McCarthy returns from holiday next Friday and Johnson is expected to follow up his interest in the ex-Warrington Town forward after he played in the recent game against Northwich Victoria.

Meanwhile, Johnson continues to scour the transfer market looking to add depth to his squad ahead of the game on Saturday.


Leek Town raise the curtain on the newly named Evo-Stik First Division South campaign with renewed optimism and a home game against Spalding United at Harrison Park on Saturday.

Blues’ build-up to the new season was a little bumpy but recent games have seen a vast improvement in the squad as manager Wayne Johnson ran the rule over around 40 players during seven pre-season games.

Spalding avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season finishing second bottom after picking up just 20 points from their 42 games.

However, three of those points came from beating Blues 3-0 at The Sir Halley Stewart Playing field midway through the season when Leek were missing no fewer than 7 regulars.

Like Leek, the Tulips have had an indifferent pre-season but player boss Richard Scott has made some important signings and is looking to add former Peterborough midfielder Andrew Tideswell and goalkeeper Michael Lamping to his squad ahead of the game on Saturday.


Leek Town is once again offering supporters the chance to sponsor a player this season for just £50.

Sponsoring your favourite player not only helps the club financially but shows your support as your name will appear on this website as a sponsor and also in every edition of the match day programme, ‘The Town Crier’.

So far the following players have been sponsored: Carl Allen, Wayne Corden, Steve Hodgson, Matt Johnson, Ashley Miller and Andy Taylor.

The following players are still available for sponsorship: Leon Ashman, Luke Robinson, Matt Bradbury, Dan Cope, Dean Crowe, Tom France, Bobby Gee, Rob Hawthorne, Pete Johnson, Wayne Johnson, John Ritchie, Paul Rutter, Mitch Shenton and Paul Taylor.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a player should get in touch by using the ‘Contact Leek Town’ link on the Club’s website home page or see Steve or Tracy Reynolds on a match day.


Leek Town Football club will be sporting a new home strip this season and samples will be on display in the club shop on Saturday before the game

Shirts will be available to order with delivery expected to take around 7 days in time for the FA Cup game at home to Eccleshall on 28 August.


Leek Town fans are advised that season tickets are currently with the printers as a bulk order.

Unfortunately, they will not be available until an hour before the first game of the season next Saturday when they can be collected from Tracy Reynolds in the club shop.

In the meantime contact Tracy on 07540 161017 for further details.