Leek Town’s FA Trophy hopes are still alive after Glyn Mellor’s late header secured a replay against Witton Albion in a thriller at Harrison Park.
The home side appeared to be in charge after Jimmy McCarthy had given them a two goal cushion, but Witton struck back three times before half time to shell shock the Blues.
Leek took the lead on 16 minutes, as Tim Sanders’ corner was met by Mellor whose header was dropped by keeper Matt Cooper, and McCarthy swept home from close range.
A superb counter attack gave them their second nine minutes later, as Devon Gibson fed McCarthy who finished high into the net inside the box.
It was almost 3-0 just past the half hour mark, as Darren Tinson fed McCarthy who chipped the keeper from 18 yards but the strike was chalked off for offside.
Witton were handed a lifeline on 34 minutes as Danny Andrews found Alex Titchiner who found the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area with a low left foot strike.
They were level two minutes before the interval as Anthony Gardner’s driven cross from the right was slammed home first time at the near post by Liam Newman.
Albion weren’t finished yet and scored again in first half stoppage time, as Andrews found Titchiner again; who fired low beyond Danny Roberts from 20 yards.
Leek were more solid during the second period, but had to wait until the second minute of stoppage time for the equaliser as Sanders’ cross from the right was deflected by Sean Turner into the path of Mellor who headed home from close range.
Leek Town Director of Football Neil Baker said,
“I am relieved that we have secured the replay, but disappointed we have blown a two goal lead against a very good side.”