Non-league football: Leek Town on the climb with Carlton victory
LEEK Town moved into the top half of the table with a 2-1 home victory over Carlton Town.
Blues keeper Ben Chapman was forced into an early save, while Sam Hall headed over at the other end.
Carlton also hit the crossbar before Leek took a 38th-minute lead.
Tim Grice went down the left and beat his man to pull the ball back to former Port Vale youngster Matt Bell, who scored from the edge of the area.
Four minutes later Carlton drew level when Blair Anderson cut in from the left and scored with a low shot.
Blues regained the lead four minutes into the second half.
Grice had a shot blocked and the ball looped up for Peter Wright to nod the ball home at close range for his 18th goal of the season.
Carlton then poured forward, but Chapman made three outstanding saves as Leek hung on to the points.
KIDSGROVE Athletic picked up their first win in nine games with a 4-1 win at Lincoln United.
The match survived a late pitch inspection following heavy rainfall, and Grove found themselves behind in the fourth minute when Scott Coupland headed home Elliott Green's cross.
Kidsgrove equalised after 21 minutes when Ashley Hill diverted in Kevin Street's free-kick.
Shaun Hollinshead's side nosed in front moments later after Dan Skelton was fouled in the box, allowing Alan Nagington to convert the spot-kick.
Hill made it 3-1 in the 51st minute, and then turned provider for Street to wrap up the scoring.
Hollinshead said: "We were only 10 minutes from Lincoln when we had a phone call to say the game was in doubt.
"The pitch had standing water on it, but was hard underneath, so the referee said he would start.
"When we went one-down early on I was wishing he hadn't bothered!
"After that we played very well and fully deserved the victory. At half-time when we were 2-1 up I told the lads to just go for it, no sitting back, and in the end we could have scored more than four goals.
"It was good to see Alan Nagington back after injury, it was like a new season starting for him and Ashley Hill was as brave as a lion and deserved his two goals."
NEWCASTLE TOWN failed to score for the fifth home game in succession, but picked up a good point with a 0-0 against third-placed King's Lynn Town.
King's Lynn had won eight of their previous 10 games and went close to an early lead when Russ Dunkley headed against the post.
Nathan Sutton shot straight at Danny Gay in the visitors' goal as Castle hit back, but then Shane Tolley brought a good save out of Castle's Dave Parton.
Matt Lowe had an effort saved for the hosts, but in the end neither side could find the net at the Aspire Stadium.
The goalless draw was the first time King's Lynn had failed to score in the league since September 4.