Football: Crunch time for Casswell as Blues launch promotion push
LEEK boss Lee Casswell is looking forward to a crucial week in which his side could catapult themselves into the promotion frame.
Tenth-placed Blues have games in hand on the sides above them, and go into tomorrow's game at Sheffield on the back of a four-game unbeaten run.
After taking on Sheffield, Leek travel to Hucknall on Tuesday followed by a home game against promotion rivals Halesowen next Saturday.
That's just the start of a hectic spell of seven games in 21 days for Casswell's side.
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He said: "This Sheffield game is massive for us. I don't like looking at the fixtures too far ahead, but if we can get something tomorrow it sets us up for the next two games.
"We are taking nothing for granted, but we are also happy to be playing three times a week.
"We have had a long break and the lads are happy to be playing regularly.
"The important thing now is whether we can avoid picking up injuries."
Casswell will have to deal with a suspension because 17-goal top scorer Tim Grice begins a three-game ban in next Saturday's Halesowen game.
The Leek boss is considering whether to bring in a new striker or rely on his current resources, which include Matt Haddrell and Peter Wright.
Casswell has revealed that defender Ellis Storey won't be returning to Harrison Park after completing his loan from Ilkeston.
He added: "Ellis was struggling a bit with the travelling, but we are really grateful to his manager Kevin Wilson for letting us have him in the first place. The lad has a bright future."
Leek have options at the back now that Michael Thomas has returned from injury and George Melling has completed a suspension.
Meanwhile, Casswell says he has a tough decision over who to play in goal tomorrow after Ben Chapman impressed against Gresley.
He was standing in for former Port Vale keeper Daniel Lloyd Weston, who has been training with a Football League club.
Casswell said: "Daniel wants to get back into the Football League and has been on trial with a couple of clubs.
"Ben came in on Tuesday and did very well. He kept us in the game in the first half, so that has given me a decision to make.
"It's a choice that a lot of other clubs would love to have."
KIDSGROVE boss Shaun Hollinshead is hoping he doesn't lose keeper Danny Read, just a week after signing him.
Hollinshead snapped up the keeper from Stafford Rangers last Friday and gave him his debut the following day in the 4-2 defeat at Carlton.
However, Nantwich Town have put in seven days' notice of approach for Read, offering him the chance to compete in their Evo-Stik Premier Division squad.
Hollinshead will hold talks with the keeper before deciding whether to play him or restore Dave Dyson to the side.
The manager said: "It is frustrating because it seems every time we are interested in a player it provokes interest from other places.
"Signing Danny was no reflection on Dave Dyson. Dave has done fantastically for us, but we want competition in all areas."
Striker Alan Nagington and defender Paul Donnelly both remain on the injury list for tomorrow's home game with near rivals Market Drayton Town.
Hollinshead is looking for a major improvement on the display in the defeat at Carlton.
He said: "We should have won comfortably, but we defended poorly and poor decision making cost us the game."
However, plus points included Andy Kinsey's form in front of goal as he bagged his 18th of the season.
Hollinshead said: "He's been everything you would want from a centre-forward.
"He leads the line very well and has always got goals in him."