LEEK Hockey Club narrowly missed out on reaching the England boys under-14's national finals, despite beating eventual finalists Alderley Edge.
The round-robin matches held at Leek High School opened up with Alderley Edge beating Bowdon 3-0.
Leek then played their first match against Yorkshire champions, Wakefield.
The hosts took an early lead from a short corner through Will Hodgson.
Wakefield came back into the game and having looked likely to score before the break, pulled the game back to 1-1 from a short corner shortly afterwards.
Leek went close to re-taking the lead but a goal-bound shot hit a Leek player's foot and the game ended level.
After a short turnaround, Wakefield subsequently also lost 3-0 to Alderley Edge.
Leek went into their second game against Bowdon knowing that they needed to win and although the defence held firm, they couldn't get out of second gear in midfield.
Frustratingly, the game finished goalless, thereby securing Alderley Edge's progression to the national finals. Wakefield beat Bowdon 2-0 in a feisty affair, before Leek faced up to Alderley Edge who they had drawn 2-2 with in an earlier round in March.
Leek showed great team spirit to bounce-back from their disappointing result against Bowdon and played to their potential, winning 1-0. Charlie Thackstone was Leek's scorer, although it could easily have been 5-0.
Leek finished in second place on with five points from their three games, just the single point behind Alderley Edge, with Wakefield third on three points, and Bowdon with a solitary point in fourth.
Meanwhile in Nottingham, Leek boysunder-12s were playing in the Midlands finals.
Despite playing with the youngest squad at the tournament, Leek managed to secure a couple of wins. Matt Bond top scored with three goals.
Leek under-14 girls ventured to Ashbourne for some friendly matches and maintained their 100 per cent record in age group games, beating North Notts 4-1 and Ashbourne 5-2.