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RFU Intermediate Cup semi-final - Leek 27 Aspatria 15

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

Leek's Luke Hardern makes a determined run for the try line during the victory over Aspatria.

Leek's Luke Hardern makes a determined run for the try line during the victory over Aspatria.

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THE greatest day in Leek Rugby Club's 91 year history is looming large.

Sunday, May 4's appearance at Twickenham will add the icing on the cake to the club's most memorable-ever season.

It's the date of the RFU Intermediate Cup Final, which blazed into with another great show of strength at Esterchem Park on Saturday.

The Cumbrian opposition started the stronger, but as the game progressed it was the superior pace and determination of a predominantly home-bred Leek team which won the day.

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After trailing 15-6 at one stage, Leek turned the game on its head after Luke Harden went over for a well-deserved try.

The lion's share of Leek's points once more came from the accurate kicking of skipper Gary McDermott, before Shane Dicker touched down the killer try 10 minutes from the end.

Leek are the second team from North Staffordshire in three years to reach a national final at the home of English rugby, following in the footsteps of Stoke in 2011.

Now only Trowbridge, runners-up in the South West Division of Southern Counties South, stand in the way of Leek completing a unique treble, having already topped Midlands Two West (North) and lifted the Midland Intermediate Cup.

The Wiltshire outfit booked their place in the national final by beating London Two South West champions Guildford 19-17 away, despite playing a large part of the second half with 14 players.

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