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RFC Intermediate Cup semi-final

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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LEEK Rugby Club are Twickenham-bound after winning their RFU Intermediate Cup semi-final in the RFU Cup.

The Moorlanders beat Cumbrian visitors Aspatria 27-15 and now meet Trowbridge at the home of English rugby on Sunday, May 4.

Leek captain Gary McDermott said: "This is the culmination of five years' work

"We've worked closely with a young group of players who we've had since they were 18 or 19 and it's taken a little time for them to develop.

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"Most of the squad have come through the youth system at the club, which makes this all the more special and it makes even more proud to be captain."

McDermott had a spell playing National League rugby with Macclesfield, after he started his career in the mini rugby section at Leek .

He added: "I am proud already just to get to Twickenham. But now we have got there, we want to get there and win."

Leek's cup run has captured the imagination of local sports fans and attracted another huge crowd for Saturday's semi-final at Esterchem Park, Cheddleton.

McDermott said: "Our success has captured the imagination of a lot of people in the town, people who wouldn't normally come down and watch rugby, so we expect to be well-supported at Twickenham."

"For the Aspatria game, we had youngsters from the under-12 and under-13 teams to form a guard of honour. Hopefully, seeing what they can achieve by playing rugby for Leek will encourage them to continue playing for the club."

Trowbridge defeated Guildford 19-17 away in the other semi-final.

If Leek win at Twickenham, it will complete an historic treble for the club, having already won the MIdlands Two West (North) championship and the Midland Intermediate in a remarkable season that has seen them lose just twice.

Arrangements for Twickenham are already taking shape. Several coaches have been booked to take supporters to the final on the day and return after.

Coach tickets, at £20 each, can be bought at the rugby club between 7pm and 9pm this week and at N E Upholstery, Market Street, Leek, where Neil Edge can give more information.

Further updates will be given on the club website.

Entrance to Twickenham is only £5 for adults and £2 for children, with unallocated seating in the West stand.

The ticket office is located in the south stand by the rugby statue and you may have to go there first before entrance to the ground is permitted.

Match tickets can be purchased at the ground on the day.

Car parking at the ground is also £5 on the day.

Anyone needing help with transport, or requiring more information, can contact John McDermott on 07973 424225, Neil Edge on 07855 394669 or Mark Hardern on 07870 559213.

There are two other games on the day.

The Junior Vase and Senior Vase national finals will begin at 11am and 1pm respectively, before the main event at 3pm.

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