Old Boys come away from their warm-up friendly 'glowing'

LEEK CSOB are glowing after winning their latest warm-up game at home to Uttoxeter Town 2-1.

Old Boys beat their opponents from the Midland League First Division with goals from Jakob Priestman and Jack Keeling.

The victory was a distinctive feather in the cap for Kieran Bond's team, as Uttoxeter arrived at Pointon Park unbeaten in their six pre-season friendlies, having won five and drawn one.

The day marked the third anniversary of the death former long-serving CSOB chairman Ken Hill's death.

Ken, known as ‘Mr Chairman’, had been chairman of Leek CSOB for 25 years, as the club climbed the non-league football pyramid in the 1990s.

Although Ken had retired from club management at the time of his death, aged 79, he regularly attended games, both home and away, to give his support.

Current CSOB chairman, Steve Rutter, used to drive Ken to away games, said: "He was a gentleman and a great person".

OLD Boys annual James Byrne memorial match, away to Kidsgrove Athletic, has been re-scheduled for this Thursday (September 3), kick off 7.45pm.

Last Thursday's game, which marks James' association with both clubs as a player, was washed out by the weather.

The fixture will be treated as another 'warm up' for CSOB before they start the new season in the Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division away to Wolstanton United on Saturday, September 12.

The league's Division One campaign opens the following Saturday (September 19), when Old Boys reserves play host to Shenstone Pathfinders.


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