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Cup fever as huge match beckons

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

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Leek has been gripped by cup fever ahead of the town's rugby club's RFU Intermediate Cup Midlands final against Bridgnorth at Esterchem Park, Cheddleton on Saturday (3pm).

The regional final is effectively the national quarter final of the competition and has put Leek within two matches of a Twickenham final appearance and emulating their Staffordshire neighbours Stoke who won this competition three years ago.

"It's a huge event, not just for the club but for the whole town," said Leek director of rugby Neil Edge.

"People have been stopping me in the street and asking me when the game is and when you get to this stage of a competition, it's inevitable that people start to talk about Twickenham.

"We are expecting a big crowd on the day. We know that Bridgnorth are equally excited about the Midlands final and they are going to be bringing a lot of supporters with them.

"We are sorting out marquees and temporary bars to cope with the crowds, and also arranging extra parking areas to cope with the crowd.

"It's given the club a huge boost and helped to raise our profile. We tend to miss out to clubs like Stoke, Longton and Newcastle when it comes to recruiting players who have moved into the area.

"But our cup run has got us noticed and we have started to get calls from players who are interested in coming along and seeing what we are about."

In previous seasons, Leek have been guilty of not taking the national cup competition as seriously as their league programme but they made a determined effort to try to enjoy a long cup run this season and now have chance of completing a double, as they are also top of Midlands Two West North.

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