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Leek Rugby - Midland Two West (North) - Leek v Moseley Oak

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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LEEK can clinch the championship by beating Moseley Oak – the only team to have beaten them this season – at Esterchem Park, Cheddleton this Saturday.

The players will be cheered on by some very special guests – members of Leek's 1983 cup-winning team.

The game coincides with the club's fund-raising three-day Spring Beer Festival, so there could not be a more appropriate time for a big celebration.

There will also be a 'vintage fayre' with a range of stalls selling unique wares and crafts, and throughout the afternoon there will be a series of fun family activities including egg-and-spoon and three-legged races.

The match itself kicks off at 3pm and another big crowd is expected.

Second-placed Crewe & Nantwich closed to within seven points of Leek by winning 56-13 at Willenhall, but the Moorlanders have a game in hand.

Leek president Gareth Jones said: 'This season has seen the club achieve the most outstanding results in our history and we hope sports enthusiasts from across the Moorlands will join us to celebrate this momentous season in our final league home match.

'The charity element of the day is particularly important to us, as members of the team and supporters alike were deeply touched by the recent death of rugby stalwart Craig Busby to cancer.

"Craig had close connections with Leek RUFC and was an inspirational rugby coach who numbers England coach Stuart Lancaster among the many people whom he trained in his career."

For more information on the weekend's activities, visit the club's website at www.leekrufc.co.uk.

Meanwhile, Leek's RFU National Intermediate Cup semi-final opponents, Aspatria, lost 35-29 away on Saturday to leaders Eccles in the Northern Division (North Lancs & Cumbria).

Leek 3XV 48 Handsworth 12

WITH the first and second teams having no games, the thirds could have easily called on a number of influential players from the senior squads.

But having plenty of their own players available, they chose only to introduce Jake Green, returning from long term injury.

It wasn't long before the experience Green injected his influence with some intelligent kicking and probing runs.

Leek were first to register points when man-of- the-match James Barker scored the first of his two tries.

Leek's other try scorers were Titley, Vernon, Foxy, and Green – all converted by Green. Handsworth never gave up the fight but on the day, they were clearly outclassed.

This Saturday, Leek thirds are away to Trentham. Players meet Esterchem Park at 1pm.

Leek U12s 40 Lichfield U12s 15

LEEK took control from the start and were 20-5 ahead at half-time through tries by Josh De Gale (2) Will Midwinter and Josh Cartlidge.

De Gale added a further try in the second half to complete his hat-trick.

The Leek pack out-muscled the South Staffordshire team, with Max Hine, Henry Weetman and Joel Hine continually out-rucking the visitors.

In the scrum, Josh Sales, Reagan Chell and Callum McCarron gave Leek the perfect platform to play off.

Newcomer Josh Cooper continued his development with some great defensive tackles and assured passing.

The Leek back line had the cutting edge and Will Midwinter chipped a ball over the Lichfield defence which he collected on the gallop and sprinted clear to score.

Lichfield fought back and got a second try.

The visitors had more possession in this period but the home side's Rowan Blanchard and Tom Leach imposed themselves on the visitors to quell most of their attacks and put Leek on the front foot.

Following a sparkling run from wing Jenny Hesketh, Leek were awarded a scrum deep Lichfield's half.

As the forwards won the ball, scrum half Sam Lloyd spotted a gap and burst through to grab Leek's seventh try.

Following a penalty, the Leek back line spread the ball wide for Sam Brereton to race towards the line and neatly offload for Josh Lyttleton to finish with aplomb in the corner.

Lichfield never gave up and were rewarded with a try at the end. Leek under-12s now turn their sights to the end-of-season festivals.

Junior Rugby

LEEK under-11s clashed with rivals old and new on a windy Sunday morning in Oakham, where Leicester Tigers staged their leg of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

Each of the 12 Aviva Premiership teams is hosting a junior tournament for the top teams in the local area with an enticing prize on offer.

Clubs from across the region went head-to-head with their eyes on silverware – plus a spot in the 'Parade of Champions' during half-time at the Aviva Premiership Grand Final.

Under the watchful eye of Leicester Tigers winger Miles Benjamin, Leek fell short in their pursuit of victory but head coach Steve Fryer wasn't too downhearted with the result.

He said: "It's a shame we are not going to Twickenham but we have played some very good sides and the lads have really enjoyed themselves. I am very proud of my team, and the organisers also deserve credit for a brilliant day.

"A lot of our parents are season ticket holders at Leicester Tigers and they are just very proud to be associated with the Tigers and the Land Rover Cup."

Benjamin was hugely impressed with both the quality of rugby on show and the attitude of all the teams involved.

He said: "The kids all look happy – whether you're winning or losing, at this age group it doesn't really matter.

"It's all about playing with a smile on your face and getting involved."

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