Bridgnorth 1XV 26 Leek 1XV 28
LEEK snatched victory with the last kick of the game to remain unbeaten in Midlands Two West (North).
Changes made to the Leek line-up saw Simon Drew in at flanker, Tom Sims back in the second row and Jack Newton-Taylor return at full-back.
Leek were quickly ahead when a kick through by Josh Mays-Woodhead and swift passing saw Liam McDermott go over. Gary McDermott converted.
Unfortunately for Leek, prop Bobby Cheadle went off shortly afterwards with a cut head and Jamie Gordon took his place.
The game changed after 15 minutes when Ed Cheadle was yellow-carded for kicking the ball away after a penalty to Bridgnorth.
Losing a front row player meant Leek had to make changes and Cheadle returned. It meant Jason Milner had to do nifty some footwork and Luke Hardern went off.
This gave momentum to Bridgnorth – they won the scrum and their no 8 dived over near the posts to set up an easy conversion.
The game was evenly contested for the next 10 minutes but eventually, the lack of a player saw Leek concede another try from a set move.
Ed Cheadle returned and his brother Bobby went off. Leek applied more pressure on the home side but the score remained the same until the interval.
Within a minute of the restart, Leek scored after a great move saw Nick Palmer break on the halfway line and feed Jack Newton-Taylor to run in and score an unconverted try.
Leek gained ground from a kick deep into the Bridgnorth half and they gained a penalty, which Gary McDermott sent over to put them 12-15 ahead.
On 50 minutes, McDermott kicked another penalty after a Bridgnorth played held on to the ball in the tackle.
Then the game changed as Bridgnorth good inter-play allowed their prop to dive over near the corner for an unconverted try.
Leek then pushed Bridgnorth off their own ball and James Wilson drove off the back of the scrum, only to see a forward pass stop the play short of the line.
Soon afterwards, Leek were able to turn some great defensive work into attack and made a try for James Floyd, converted by McDermott, to make the score 19-25.
Bridgnorth threw everything at Leek, who managed to survive until a great move was finished off with a converted try to put Bridgnorth 26-25 ahead with only five minutes remaining.
Frantic attack and defence from both sides saw Leek pinned into their own corner and Bridgnorth ready to finish Leek off.
However, Leek managed to steal the ball at a defensive line-out and clear the ball well into the home half.
After a lineout and several rucks, Leek were awarded a penalty between the 22-metre and 10-metre lines, near the touchline.
It was a difficult kick, which Gary McDermott struck perfectly to score the winning points as the referee’s whistle blew for full-time.
In a close game, the Leek squad had continued to make progress and develop their defensive and attacking game.
Bridgnorth had chances in both halves but great work by the Leek team put them in front at the right time.
Results in the other games meant that Leek lost a place in the league – but they will be pleased to keep their unbeaten record going.
This week sees Camp Hill from Birmingham, who were relegated last season, visiting Leek for a 2.15 kick-off.
Leek are also entertaining their vice presidents at 1pm for a buffet and all are welcome.
November 16 will see Leek playing Market Harborough at home in the third round of the RFU Intermediate Cup (2.15pm).
Leek 3XV 11 Newport 3XV 24
leek were looking to carry forward their previous week’s good form, but the elements were not condusive to free-flowing rugby.
Newport were the first to put points on the board with a touch-down under the posts, which set up an easy conversion attempt to lead 7-0.
It took Newport a further 15 minutes to register their next score, when slick play saw them add another seven points.
The visitors adapted to the windy conditions better than Leek, but a determined response from the hosts saw them deep into Newport’s half.
When Newport conceded a penalty, Leek skipper Hicks opted to kick the points to pull the score back to 14-3.
With the wind now in their favour, Leek started the second half better and the pressure paid off.
Scrum half Luke Poole collected a loose ball five metres out and was driven over by team mates. However, the conversion attempt was missed.
With 16 minutes remaining, Leek were awarded another penalty and successfully opted to kick the points to reduce the deficit further.
Newport went further ahead when a ball that should have been shepherded into touch was kicked on and touched down.
This knocked Leek’s spirit, and the last of the play saw a missed tackle enable the Newport centre to score an unconverted try.
Leek U12s 46 Congleton U12s 0
BOTH teams began the game well and the early exchanges were even, with Congleton testing a stubborn Leek defence.
The first try went to the home team’s wrecking ball prop Josh Sales, who collected the ball and forced his way through three Congleton players to score.
Next up to score was Josh Cartlidge, who capped off a bright backs move started by Mitch Whilock with a shining example of support play.
Congleton battled throughout the first half and had good periods of possession.
Josh DeGale returned to the Leek team after a short period sidelined through injury and gave a show of his powerful running.
DeGale adds to the team with his trademark sprint and he shot through the heart of the visitors line to score.
The final try of the half went to Will Midwinter, whose quick feet and classy dummy pass out-foxed the Cheshire team’s defence.
The second half saw the Leek pack take more control. Debutant James Shenton began a great diving move from a line out that included forwards Reagan Chell, Callum McCarron and Rowan Blanchard all carrying the ball.
A well-timed offload saw captain Joel Hine gather the ball running at pace to score in the corner.
The visitors continued to match Leek with possession but could not get a score that their determination and effort deserved.
Leek highlighted their own finishing prowess with two excellent tries from scrum half Sam Lloyd, the second of which featured a double side-step.
Leek squad: Callum McCarron, Drew Pitts, Henry Weetman, Jenny Hesketh, Josh Cartlidge(1), Josh Challinor, Josh DeGale(1), Josh Lyttleton, Josh Sales(1), James Shenton, Joel Hine(1), Mitch Whilock, Reagan Chell, Rowan Blanchard, Sam Brereton, Sam Lloyd(2), William Midwinter(1).
THE MEAN Machine travelled to Barton on a cold windy morning. Leek started quickly and Joe Byrne scored early on.
The scrum started to take control and Dominic Winwood ran in four long range tries from full back as Barton struggled to clear their line.
The forwards started to dominate possession giving the speedy Leek backs plenty of quality ball.
Hayden Heath completed the scoring with a brace as Leek ran out worthy winners.
All conversions were kicked – Joe Byrne (3), Hayden Heath (3) and Marcus Dawson (1).