Football: Bad case of the blues as Leek are hit for six
LEEK Town and Kidsgrove Athletic were both left empty-handed when they took on the top two in Evo-Stik League First Division South.
Leek Town had the harder task, taking on a Coalville Town still boasting a 100 per cent home record ... and it got even tougher for them when they had a man sent off.
Ryan Robbins put the home side in front on nine minutes, but Tim Grice equalised on the quarter-hour mark as Blues matched their hosts.
However, Jerome Murdoch restored Coalville's lead on 22 minutes, and Leek's day took a turn for the worse when Matty Bell was sent off for a high challenge soon after.
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Blues kept in to 2-1 at the break, but then the leaders moved up a gear to power clear with further goals through Lewis Dodd (67), Callum Woodward (71) and David Leigh (90).
Peter Wright managed another consolation effort for Blues on 82 minutes, but their 6-2 defeat leaves them just two places ahead of rock-bottom Belper Town.
Kidsgrove are a place below Leek in 21st after their defeat to second-placed King's Lynn, but remained in the hunt for a point up until the final couple of minutes of the match.
The visitors went ahead in the opening minute with a Jamie Forshaw goal, but Grove hit back as Andy Kinsey and Liam Shotton both went close.
Tom Winkle had a shot cleared off the line, but Lynn made sure off their seventh successive victory when Danny Beaumont turned home an effort in 89 minutes.
But Kinsey still had time to pull one back for Grove from the penalty spot as the clock ticked into injury time, but they were unable to snatch an equaliser.
Newcastle Town remain sixth in Division One South after a last-minute equaliser denied them victory against Romulus, who play on the artificial pitch at Sutton Coldfield.
Castle, who were looking for their first win in six matches, made the early running, and went close to opening their account when Kyle Diskin shot narrowly wide.
They made their dominance count six minutes before the interval when Neville Thompson fired them in front.
Keeper Chris Fletcher then became the Newcastle hero with several good saves to keep the hosts at bay, but even he was powerless when Nathan Jackson hooked home the equaliser in the final minute of the match.