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First loss of year as side focus on cup semi-final

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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Midlands Two West (North

Old Saltleians 24 Leek 17

LEEK lost for the first time in 2014 after a run of 13 wins and a draw in all competitions

Their last defeat as in December to Moseley Oak.

With the league already won, Leek's focus was on the game this Saturday's RFU Intermediate Cup semi-final home clash with Aspatria for the right to play at Twickenham.

Old Salts deserved their win after holding on in the dying minutes as Leek pressed for a score.

In truth, Leek gifted two tries to their hosts and they took full advantage with a lively set of backs led by the scrum half.

Leek won't be too worried about the result, notching their first losing bonus point of the season and coming through the game injury free.

Bobby Cheadle opened the scoring on two minutes with a try in the right corner but Old Salts hit back with two tries of their own on five and 13 minutes, converting the second to lead 12-5.

James Floyd reduced the deficit with a try in the right corner but Sam Hunt couldn't add the conversion against the strong wind.

In the seventh minute of overtime in the half, Old Salts sprinted clear down the left after Leek's attack broke down with a careless pass.

A great conversion followed and Old Salts led 19-10 at the break.

Old Salts scored their fourth try on 50 minutes before Leek hit back with a Shane Dicker try and a Sam Hunt conversion to reduce the lead to seven points at 24-17 on 54 minutes.

Try as they might, Leek couldn't bag the fourth try and had to settle for the losing bonus point.

Leek's players will now turn their attention to Saturday's game against Aspatria in the hope they can get their preparation right and field the 22 man squad required to compete in this unprecedented of matches for the Staffs Moorlands outfit.

There is a £5 entrance fee for this game in line with RFU regulations.

It is to help defray travelling costs for the opposition as well as the costs for the day's other facilities.

Under 16's will be allowed free entry.

Supporters are urged to leave their car at home, if possible.

Parking will be allowed on the Wall Lane ground at the south entrance to St Edwards Park.

The day starts at 1pm with the clubhouse opening then.

A bus is running from Derby Street, Leek to the club before and after the game. Check the website for details.

Rugby Festival

Leek under-12's travelled into Cheshire for the annual Wilmslow festival.

Leek 5 Blackrock 5.

First up for the Leek were touring Irish team Blackrock.

Leek dominated territory pushing their opponents back and were soon rewarded when Josh De Gale raced clear to score.

Blackrock responded to Leek's territorial advantage by using a clever kicking game. Following four consecutive penalties Blackrock found themselves on the Staffordshire teams try line and worked the ball out wide to score.

Leek now threw all they had at Blackrock but despite having the ball over the try line on two occasions the brave Irish defence managed to hold the ball up to deny a winning try.

Leek 15 Macclesfield 5

Leek began brightly and a smart move from the back line saw the Leek fly half throw a wide pass straight out to winger Scott Goldstraw who stormed over half the length of the pitch to score. Macclesfield were not going to be over run and soon hit back with an equalising try.

The Moorlander's forward pack started to get the upper hand and this allowed the whole team to start playing front foot rugby.

From the scrum quick ball found Josh De Gale moving forward at pace and he cut through the Macc backline showing a clean pair of heels as he scored.

The Staffordhire team now moved through the gears and fly half Will Midwinter threw a dummy pass and dived over for Leek's final try.

Leek 5 Sandbach 10

In the final group game Leek faced Sandbach the Cheshire team began well and penned Leek back.

Leek defended valiantly before Sandbach found a gap in their defence and crashed over to score.

Leek took the ball into a ruck and looked to have secured possession. However somehow the ball came out on the Sandbach side and quick movement saw the ball out wide and the winger scored in the corner.

Leek now rolled up their sleeves and started to show what they were made of. They were awarded a scrum for a knock-on and secured possession that allowed scrum half Sam Lloyd to break down the blind side to touch down a great try.

Leek pressed from the restart but Sandbach held on to win.

Leek missed out on the semi-finals as Blackrock progressed through with Sandbach.

Great credit must go to the whole Leek squad who continue to progress and develop.

Leek squad and try scorers:

Jay Wilkinson, Henry Weetman, Jenny Hesketh, Josh Cartlidge, Josh De Gale(2), Scott Goldstraw(1), Josh Lyttleton, Josh Sales, Joel Hine, Max Hine, Reagan Chell, Rowan Blanchard, Sam Brereton, Sam Lloyd(1), Tom Leach, William Midwinter(1).

under-9s

Leek under-9s lost in the semi-finals to eventual festival winners Stockport.

All the boys played well to win their pool.

Leek 3 Littlebrough 1; Leek 5 Macclesfield 4;

Leek 3 Warrington3.

Semi-final

Leek 0 Stockport 4

Final

Stockport 3 Wilmslow 1

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