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By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

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Men's Hockey

Birmingham University 1 Leek 2XI 3

LEEK consolidated their position in the top half of the Midlands Premier Division with a victory over their mid-table rivals.

Skipper Wez Weston was looking to finish the first half of the season with a third consecutive win.

Leek took control of the game, with Hill, Oliver and Dawson keeping the students quiet.

Robert Dawson gave the visitors a first half lead, which was extended by Ashley Cunningham shortly before the interval.

Birmingham then gave notice of a comeback by reducing the deficit 10 minutes after the restart.

However, Leek regained control with another very impressive performance from Roger Hill.

With Richard Parker in good scoring form, the opportunity couldn't have fallen to a more reliable source for Leek's third goal.

With his parents looking on, he took his shooting opportunity well.

Leek 3XI 6 Bridgnorth 3XI 4

DESPITE the cold and windy conditions, Leek opened brightly and should have scored twice in the first few minutes, with both Dan Sheldon and Steven Birch squandering good opportunities. Bridgnorth responded well to the early pressure and probed the Leek defence with a series of quick breaks. From one such foray, they took advantage of an injury to Richard Plant and opened the scoring.

Leek hit back with two quick-fire goals. A fine run and shot from Anthony Mellor found Sheldon on hand to atone for his earlier miss, before Mellor interchanged passes with Birch and Ben Darlington for his first goal of the game.

Veteran Matt Boardman came on to replace Plant and fired an unstoppable shot high into the roof of the net to consolidate Leek's advantage before half-time.

This should have been the platform for Leek to take the game away from the visitors in the second half, but they re-started sluggishly and quickly found themselves pegged back to 3-3.

However, Leek rallied and their class told when Mellor scored his second goal, after more good work by Birch, before completing his hat-trick in a trademark move involving the improving Angus Bedford.

Top scorer Birch finally made it onto the scoresheet with a powerful strike from a penalty corner, before a late lapse in concentration once again left keeper Andy Farr isolated and allowed Bridgnorth a consolation.

Leek 4XI 7 Loughborough Students 4

IN LEEK'S final league game before the Christmas break, they faced the unbeaten Loughborough University students.

Leek were unlucky to find themselves three goals down in the opening 10 minutes but they responded quickly and it wasn't long before they scored their first goal.

It came courtesy of Rob Lawley from the flick spot, after he had been taken out by the goalkeeper.

The second Leek goal also came from the flick spot after Dan Mart's shot was illegally stopped on the line. This time, Pete Cordon converted.

Leek continued to play free-flowing hockey and got their reward just before half-time when Callum Allcock scored from a short corner to equalise

Leek started the second half as they finished the first with quick passing hockey. Their fourth goal came from Mart after a good move involving most of the team.

Cordon scored his second and Leek's fifth from a short corner.

Joe Preistman was next to score from another fine team move.

Dan Mart scored the final goal after a good move involving Kieran Smith, Joe Preistman and Ben Thomas.

Boots 4XI 2 Leek 5XI 2

THE FIFTHS' unbeaten run continued with a hard-fought point away at Boots in Nottingham.

Ben Knight gave Leek a superb start in the game when he scored after just 17 seconds.

But Leek were soon on the back foot as Boots took a grip of the midfield and it wasn't long before the home side equalised and then went in front.

However, Leek fought back and Ben Knight powered into the Boots D to fire in the equaliser.

Both Ed Whittaker and Ben Knight went close for Leek in the second half but both sides seemed happy to share the spoils.

Nathan Scriven had an excellent game on his debut for the fifths.

Leek 6XI 1 Cannock 4

CANNOCK took the lead against a much-changed Leek team.

Leek equalised through Spragg after some good work and from Tom Povey, who was making his sixths debut.

All of Cannock's goals came from short corners, but they only managed to score after a string of fine saves from the excellent Knott.

Leek can go into the Christmas break happy after a great first half of the season, which sees the Moorlanders five points clear at the top of the table.

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