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Firsts looking tough to beat as their unbeaten run is extended

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

Nick Palmer makes a run for Leek.

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Nottingham Casuals 7 Leek 1XV 37

LEEK Rugby Club’s firsts have still to be beaten in both league and cup competitions this season.

Their latest success saw them advance to the third round of the RFU Intermediate Cup for the first time.

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Leek made six changes to squad but came away with an excellent result against a side that proved very hard to beat.

Oliver Drew started at full-back, Ben Smith at centre, Elliott Fowler as full-back in the second half, Ed Harrison in the second row, Jack Conlon at No 8 and veteran Jason Milner returning from dancing in London.

Casuals kicked off into the wind and put Leek under pressure as they failed to gather cleanly.

But gradually Leek started to show some control and after defending well for five minutes, a loose ball was picked up by James Floyd who raced away from his own half to score under the posts. Captain Gary McDermott converted to make it 7-0.

Leek were always just in control and eventually on 34 minutes, a catch and drive from the Casuals’ 22 was taken over the line by Gary McDermott.

The conversion missed but this woke the home side up and Leek were lucky not to concede as their winger ran only top be thwarted by Ollie Drew.

In injury time, Leek conceded a penalty which was missed and the whistle ended the first half with Leek working hard to defend their lead.

McDermott kicked another penalty after 45 minutes to put Leek 15-0 up and this seemed to spur on the team.

A great pick up and break by Floyd again set up Eddie Harrison to scorch up the field and offload to James Wilson who scored. McDermott converted.

Following several lineouts and mauls, a loose kick and rebound off another player saw Casuals score and convert making the score 22-7.

This soon became 25-7 after another McDermott penalty and Leek started to show more confidence.

With 10 minutes left Leek ran the ball and saw Luke Granger crash through the middle, offload to Ben Smith who gave a scoring pass to Nick Palmer.

Leek continued to show their attacking ability and after a lineout catch and drive, the ball went from Gary McDermott to Luke Granger and thence to see Ed Harrison, who drove over the line.

McDermott converted and the final whistle followed, with Leek winning a good game 37-7 against an awkward Casuals team Five tries for the team and a 17-point haul for captain Gary McDermott was a great result for Leek and continues their unbeaten run this season.

A club spokesman added: “All the new players in the team did well this week, as did the regulars, and all the team can be congratulated on their fantastic defensive work and the willingness to attack when they see the space.”

This Saturday sees the 1XV at home to Aston Old Edwardians, who will have much to prove as they lie close to the bottom of the table. Kickoff is at 3pm. The game is being sponsored by Esterchem and will be followed by an “Aussie Night Out”, complete with fancy dress and “bush tucker trials”.

Leek U9s 25 Trentham 10

GOOD moves from Theo Bettany, Joshua Nadin and newcomer Kinny Critchlow set up the perfect opening try for Joseph Meakin.

From a dropped ball, Joshua Nadin stormed through to grab Leek’s second try. Trentham then replied with a well-worked try of their own. Leek were on the scoresheet again soon afterwards, this time from George Bailey, who powered his way through to the try line.

Trentham responded with a superb try from a player who ran three-quarters of the pitch.

Slick passing from Toby Smith and Logan Robinson set up Joseph Meakin to weave his way through to touch down.

The game was within a minute of time when Lewis Sale slipped the opposition’s defence to complete the scoring.

Leek U9s 15 Trentham 25

FIRST blood went to Trentham after some slack play by Leek allowed their opponents to cross the line.

Joe Knight caused all sorts of problems for Trentham with his strength and determined runs. Harry Byrne ripped the ball from his team mate to level the score 5-5.

Trentham applied sustained pressure to burst through to take the lead 10-5.

George Worth and newcomers Louis Torr and Danny Day all played a vital role with some valiant surges at Trentham. Fom one of these moves Oliver scored his first try of the season.

Trentham attacked Leek from the restart and soon nicked another well-worked try.

Trentham forced Leek to make some errors scored two quick tries to go 25-10 up.

The Leek boys showed lots of character and Toby Smith received a fantastic pass from Harry Byrne to score.

Leek U9s 30 Trentham 25

THEO Bettany set up a fantastic move in which four Leek players were involved to present George Bailey with a try in the corner.

Joseph Meakin seized on a loose ball and made ground before passing to Harry Byrne who in turn scored 10-0.

Trentham replied with some fantastic team play and broke clear of Leek’s defence to pull a try back.

Joshua Nadin then showed his strength and determination to open up a two-try gap.

Trentham were tired but still managed to respond with two quick tries.

Toby Smith was forced into touch, giving the ball possession to their opponents, and they took full advantage to score.

The second half was a treat to watch both sides gave it their all.

Leek grabbed a quick try from Joshua Nadin scoring his second of the game to level the scores.

Trentham soon took the lead again through a well-organised move.

Leek seemed to click and made it almost impossible for Trentham to make any further ground.

Theo Bettany used his strength takingv in taking on three Trenham to score.

With time running out Joseph Meakin picked up a loose ball and fed Louis Torr who in turn passed to Kinny Crithlow land the winning try.

Leek U12s 33 Trentham 12

TRENTHAM took a deserved lead through their scrum half who powered over the line.

Leek fought to get back into the game but were unable to break through the visitors defensive line.

Trentham kicked the ball long out of their own half and then turned over Leek possession to score a second try.

This seamed to stir the home team into action and Sam Brereton released Will Midwinter to sprint around the Trentham flank to score.

The second half saw Leek take control of the game and from a scrum Max Hine was on hand to power through the visitors defence and score.

The Leek back line began to stretch the game and full back Josh Cartlidge timed his run to perfection as he burst over the line.

Sam Lloyd broke clear down the blind side and beat almost the entire Trentham defence before their full back tackled him.

Joel Hine was quickly up in support and his pick and go saw him grab Leek’s fourth try .

The final score went to flying winger Jenny Hesketh, who finished a flowing move resulting from a tap penalty.

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