Grice nets all 4 for visitors
Skelmersdale United went down 4-2 at home to Leek Town on Tuesday evening, in an evenly fought contest, with Skem giving as good as they got, it was the Visitors Veteran striker Tim Grice who made all the difference, scoring all 4 of the Staffordshire based sides goals. Grice who has been at the club 12 years and has scored close to 250 goals, opened his account on 12 minutes.
United who had two debutants in Martyn Jackson and Will Bell gave a good account of themselves, Ste Milne not quite getting on the end of a Hamilton cross and McLoughlin’s header somehow kept out by keeper and defender. Grice added his second just before half time, leaving United plenty to do in the second half.
Richard Brodie had said that Leek were possibly the best “team” in the division and showed why with a great spell of play leading up to Grice completing his hattrick on 59 minutes.
As the snow came down Elliott Morris converted a penalty on 69 minutes after Milne had been tumbled in the box and all hope was on a Skem comeback, sadly it was Grice grabbing his 4th and all 3 points for the visitors in the 74th minute that sealed the game. Morris converted a second penalty late on, sending keeper Daniel Roberts the wrong way for a second time but it was too late for United.
Brodie said after the game, “Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say they were a better team, we worked hard, put in a good shift and was involved for 90 minutes but when you have a striker with the experience of Tim Grice, it’s hard to contain, the lad wouldn’t be out of place in the Conference. No arguments from me tonight.”
United – Ashton, Hagen, Herbert, Bell, O’Brien, Gerrard, Morris, Jackson, Milne, McLoughlin, Hamilton. Subs: Djalo, – Prescott, McCarthy, Gallagher.
Leek Town – Roberts, Billington, Keenan, Grocott, Wara, Bavanganga, Davidson, Reeves, Grice, Carr, Baker. Subs: Opoku, Pickering, Frazer, Weston, Brown
NO GAME THIS SATURDAY – COMING UP
United have no game this coming Saturday 21st January but will return to action on the 28th when they take on Kidsgrove Athletic, in the first of two away fixtures, the following Tuesday see are at Trafford, a warm welcome can be expected at both clubs.
United’s next home fixture is on Saturday 4th February when 1874 Northwich are the visitors at the Community Stadium.