AOE were visiting with confidence having had a couple of back to back wins. Leek started with the same front row as last week with Jason Milner, Ed Cheadle and Tom Hine , locks were Tom Sims and Ed Harrison with returning flanker Simon Drew and Luke Staton and Andy Mcfadden making up the pack .Jake Green began again at scrum half with reliable Gary Mcdermott at fly half , due to a late call off , Fijian, Naz started at inside centre with George Hunt at outside and both wings taken on by Nick Palmer and Ian Harris with Dan Smith starting at full back.
Leek started slowly and after 10 mins were 0-3 , however immediately from the kick off Leek appeared to wake up with Ed Harrison catching the ball and passing to Ian Harris to score in the corner to take a 5-3 lead, the difficult kick was missed . After 25 minutes Leek won the line out from the 20 metre area and with a great angled run from centre Hunt he smashed his way through the AOE defence and went to score under the posts, Green scored the easy conversion to take a 12 -3 lead.
Again from the kick off lock Harrison who is improving in every game caught the ball and with a swerving run made approx. 50 metres until he was forced into the 20 metre area. From the resulting work Green stole the ball to pass to Mcdermott who again scored under the post with Green converting. Prior to half time Leek went onto to score 2 further tries and conversions with some lovely silky running from the centres after some errors by the AOE backs.
Leek continued to dominate the second half as they were more clinical in there execution of passing and running rugby, changes were made with all subs been used with Charlie Futcher replacing Ed Cheadle, James Gordon for Milner and Adam Smith for Dan Smith . AOE remained focused on the second half and through their endeavours were able to score a try in the last 5 minutes . During the second half Leek scored further tries from Palmer, Green, Naz and Mcdermott to win the game by 78-8.
This score line and style of rugby just shows how far Leek have improved in the past couple of seasons as AOE were a different standard when Leek first played them on promotion 3 seasons ago .Head coach Ian Gittens said after the game "We kept focused on the game and each week we are able to improve and use the whole squad to play our style of Rugby.
Due to other games being postponed Leek have moved into 3rd place in the league, this coming Saturday they are at home to Wolverampton which will be testing game . Please visit and support the team and club , bar will be open from 12.45pm.