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Football: BURTON 2 LEEK TOWN 0.

TWO first-half goals by top scorer Jon Shaw booked Burton's place in the FA Cup first round.

But Unibond League underdogs Leek emerged with plenty of credit after giving their Conference hosts a run for their money.

The visitors almost took Burton by surprise inside three minutes, but Dave MacPherson's shot was blocked at point-blank range by 'keeper Saul Deeney and Simon Eldershaw drove the loose ball against the crossbar.

Shaw gave Burton the lead in the eighth minute when he squeezed a header inside the far post from Chris Hall's cross.

It looked easy for the Brewers when the striker headed his eighth goal of the campaign from Andy Corbett's cross in the 23rd minute.

But Burton went off the boil and allowed Leek back into the game in the second half.

The visitors' hopes of reducing the deficit were denied when Andy Whittaker was ruled offside and he finished from close range in the 69th minute.

Burton finally regained control in the closing stages when skipper Aaron Webster saw his shot bounce to safety off the crossbar
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 23, 2005
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