Pre Season Friendly
Leek Town 0
Burton Albion 2
(Marcus Harness, Tom Flanagan)
Following my little outing to Chichester a night previous, my next football fix would come after a long three-hour car journey to my parent’s house in South Cheshire.
With a job interview in Stoke-on-Trent on the Thursday morning, it seemed like the perfect way to squeeze in another game in the 2016/17 campaign.
Having grown up in the area for the first 18 years of my life, I had ticked off a lot of local football grounds already, but Leek Town was one place that I was yet to visit so the game against Burton Albion was too good to miss.
I picked up my old man, drove out towards Leek and tried very hard not to set off the million speed cameras that lined the roads into the town.
With no speeding tickets but a funny noise coming from my car, with my dad by my side we made it to Harrison Park.
My first thought on getting into the ground was “what a tidy place” the stadium was nice and enclosed and in general it is quite a neat little ground. With one seated stand, raised with some standing at the front on one side of the ground, the other three edges were lined with covered terraces, spoilt for choice in terms of where to watch the game from.
The clubhouse was a good size but not sure why they were playing reruns from Euro 2016 but each to their own. We decided to take a seat in the main stand, a good view from a good height my dad and I were amazed that we hadn’t been to this ground sooner.
A goal either side of half time gave Championship side Burton Albion a comfortable 2-0 friendly victory over Northern Premier League Division One South side Leek Town.
Marcus Harness opened the scoring for the Brewers before defender Tom Flanagan sealed the victory midway through the second half.
It was a chance for Brewers fans to see two of their summer recruits in the form of Ben Turner and Kyle McFadzean who featured in the first half for Nigel Clough’s side.
For a first pre season run out for both sides, the game was played with purpose and at a good tempo in the early exchanges.
Burton did manage to take the lead just after the half hour mark when Harness combined well with Marcus Dinanga to rifle a shot into the top corner from 12 yards.
Clough fielded a complete fresh line up after the restart but it was Leek that showed signs that they were good for an equaliser with striker Chris Budrys going close with a speculative back heel effort.
Brewers striker Stuart Beavon was trying everything to get his name on the score sheet but former Port Vale ‘keeper Chris Martin was equal to everything that came his way.
Burton did manage to double the lead through Flanagan when he latched onto a low corner in the penalty box to fire past a helpless Martin and put to bed any danger of a Leek revival.
2016/17 Games: 4
2016/17 Grounds: 5
Total Grounds Visited: 152