WINSFORD were far from their best on Saturday, but the points were priceless.
They edged United a little closer to the NWCFL title, though United struggled to make inroads into a well organised defence.
Two more new faces - Liam Coyne and Andy Watson - gave a good account of themselves, but United's usual early pressure only brought missed chances.
Until, that is, the 20th minute when Lee Duck-worth's corner was cleared to Coyne on the edge of the area and his neat header found Neil Marsh who drove the ball home from close range.
Leek began to put together a few attacks themselves and they gave the Blues a fright on 23 minutes when Darren Baker's 30-yard shot was saved by Danny Morton who parried the ball away.
It was picked up again by Baker who crossed but Mark Fox put the ball wide of an empty net.
The equaliser came on 37 minutes when a cross from the right found Jake Johnson unmarked at the far post and he headed home.
From that point the match drifted into a midfield battle with neither team creating any clear cut chances.
However, with the anxious supporters anticipating two more dropped points, Winsford clinched the match in the last 10 minutes.
Both goals came from Duckworth's inswinging corners, the first on 81 minutes when the ball was headed high in the air by the Leek defenders, only to see it drop down near the far post where Rob Hopley rose above his marker to head home off the bar.
Duckworth's next flagkick was headed firmly home by Watson.
Not a convincing performance and improvements need to be made if Winsford are not to falter at the final hurdle.
UNITED: Morton; Jarrett, Coyne, Marsh, Stewart; Hanlon, Quinn, Watson, Duckworth; Hopley, McAllister (Weir 70). Attendance: 101.
Star Man: Liam Coyne, outstanding debut.
Next Best: Lee Duckworth. Team Rating: 2.
Match Rating: 3.