Midlands RFU Intermediate Cup
LEEK suffered the frustration of seeing their Midland Intermediate Cup semi-final at Newbold-on-Avon called off at the last minute.
Ironically, the game had survived two pitch inspections after the storms which had lashed the country – only for the weather to have the last say when the nearby river burst its banks and flooded the Warwickshire ground with the kick-off looming.
A Leek club spokesman said: "This was a disappointing end to what was promising to be a great day out for the Leek players, managers and coaches and the 100 supporters who made their way to Newbold by bus and car.
"On Saturday morning, it appeared the match was playable as the water lying on the pitch in the bottom corner was not a serious danger, but by the time the players arrived, the tide was still rising and ankle deep water was lying over the touchline, in the goal area and a portion of the playing area within five metres of the try line."
Despite the best efforts of all concerned, the Leek management couldn't agree to start the game and so the match was abandoned.
The game has been re-scheduled for Saturday, February 22 , with a 2pm start.
The other semi-final produced a surprise result, with Leek's league rivals Bridgnorth stunning the leaders of Midlands Two East (South), Leighton Buzzard, with a 21–18 away victory.
Leighton Buzzard were England's only remaining undefeated team in all competitions this season and had won Rugby World magazine's team of the month award for their efforts.
Leek can therefore expect a mountain to climb when Bridgnorth are the visitors to Esterchem Park this Saturday in Midlands Two West (North). Kick-off is at 2pm.
The Shropshire side have their won their last six league games and will be be full of confidence after adding Leighton Buzzard to their list of conquests.
Several new arrivals have helped lift Bridgnorth in the last two months.
Leek are the only side this season to defeat the Shropshire men on their own territory, albeit thanks to a last-kick penalty from Gary McDermott back in October.
With Leek's home record coming under pressure in recent games, the hosts will have to be on top of their game to stop Bridgnorth spoiling their serious title assault.
Just one league encounter survived on Saturday, Crewe & Nantwich defeating Tamworth 29-12 to claim a bonus point.
This victory lifted the Cheshire side back up to second place, eight points behind Leek, with the promotion race still wide open.
The following Saturday, Leek are away to Camp Hill in the league.
Congleton U12s 7 Leek U12s 33
LEEK travelled into Cheshire for a triangular fixture against Congleton and Sandbach B.
Two tries from Will Midwinter and one from Josh De Gale gave Leek a 19-0 interval lead.
Congleton's rhythm was upset by an injury to their fly half which saw him leave the field.
Leek continued to set the pace in the second half, with the forwards scrummaging well.
Max Hine, Josh Sales and Reagan Chell kept the home team at bay with excellent counter-rucking.
Joel Hine grabbed a try for Leek before Congleton responded with a smart try of their own.
The visitors gave a debut to Bailey Salt on the wing, who performed well throughout.
The final try of the day was scored by De Gale. Midwinter and Josh Cartlidge both added two conversions.
Sandbach U12s 0 Leek U12s 33
AGAIN, Leek started well, with centre Mitch Whilock bursting though a tackle and driving over the line to score.
The Leek forwards dominated the scrum and Joel Hine scored his side's second try.
Henry Weetman and Tom Leach drove Leek forward to gain territorial advantage and the half ended 14-0 in the visitors' favour, with conversions from Midwinter and Cartlidge.
The Leek back three of Jenny Hesketh, Drew Pitts and Sam Brereton attacked with pace and tries from Josh Lyttleton, Sam Lloyd and Callum McCarron – coupled with conversions from Hesketh and Cartlidge – saw the Moorlanders run out comfortable winners.