Preview: Leek head to Trafford hoping to get back to winning ways


Having gone seven games unbeaten in the league Leek Town are now two games without a win as they head to promotion rivals Trafford FC on Saturday.

Trafford’s 1-0 at Widnes on Saturday, when snow put pay to Leek’s trip to Atherton, saw the Manchester-based club leapfrog them into 5th place in the league for the time being.

Opposition manager
Standing opposite Neil Baker in the dugouts will be Tom Baker.

The 33-year-old is in his first managerial role having retired in February 2015 following a knee injury, which kept him out of the game for 17 months. He got the job in the summer of that year after Graham Heathcote retired following Trafford’s relegation from the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

In his playing days, he was a midfielder who played for the likes of AFC Halifax Town, Ashton United and Chorley.

Games in hand
Trafford sit above Leek in the league table. But the Blues have four games in hand over the Manchester club.

Saturday’s hosts have played 26 league games compared to Leek’s 22 games. However, they only have two more points than Leek.

In fact, Leek has at least two games in hand on everyone above them in the league table.

Thou shall not pass
Trafford FC has the best clean sheet record in the Evo-Stik First Division West this season with them recording 11 shutouts so far.

Goalkeeper Elliot Wynne, on loan from Altrincham, has kept three clean sheets in the last four games.

Leek Town are joint fourth for the most shuts out this season alongside local rivals Kidsgrove Athletic.

Manchester Success
Leek Town has enjoyed a fair bit of success against clubs from the Greater Manchester area this season.

Trafford alongside Droylsden, Ramsbottom United, Radcliffe and Mossley all hail from the Manchester area. Against these teams, Leek have won four out of the six games they have played while drawing the other two, scoring 13 goals in the process.

Leek will be hoping for a double Manchester success as they head are back to the area next Tuesday as they visit Radcliffe FC

On the road
Trafford play their home games at Shawe View and have done since their formation in 1990. The ground can hold up to 1,500 supporters.

If you wish to travel to Trafford to cheer on Neil Bakers men then it’s just 33 miles from ground to ground.

Recent form (last five league games, most recent first)
Leek Town: DLWDW
Trafford: WDLWW

If you can’t make it to Shawe View, then you can listen to full commentary on the game during our Saturday Sports show which starts at 2 pm.


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