Leek were again coping with team changes as Jack Conlon went to No 8, with Sam Hunt at full back and Josh Mays-Woodhead in the centre with Ben Smith going to replacement. Jamie Gordon was also on the bench as Jason Milner back in the front row made a sparkling return from dancing in Blackpool plus Luke Staton moving to the blind side to complete the pack.
Leek kicked off late as both the referee and the visitors had been stuck on the motorway and Leek showed their intention to attack as they controlled the first half and scored 8 tries to go 46-3 in the lead. First Dan Needham powered over the line after a long run from James Floyd and then straight from the kick off Josh Mays-Woodhead rounded off a great try after a break from his own half by Gary McDermott. After only 10 minutes the score went to 19-0 as James Wilson crashed through some weak tackles after we had seen some fancy footwork from Jason Milner. He thought he was changing into a centre when he found himself out in the backs far too often and made several attempts to sidestep the opposition.
Dan Needham’s second try was a simple tap penalty and walk over the line as Aston lost concentration. A converted try took the score to 26-0 and then we saw the first of James Floyd’s 4 tries as he finished off a break by Ben smith on as replacement after Sam Hunt was injured earlier. Next on the score sheet was Ed Harrison finishing off after a Floyd break to see Leek 36-0.
Soon after the Aston second row was yellow carded and this gave Leek a little more room to attack and it resulted in the jubilant Ed Cheadle rounding off and diving for the line to make it 41-0. Leek then conceded a penalty under their own posts which Aston Kicked and then Leek retaliated by taking a tap penalty quickly and Nick Palmer finishing the first half scoring in the corner 46-0. 8 tries and 3 conversions.
The second half looked a long road for Aston but to their credit they never gave up and made Leek work hard for the rest of the game. Jack Conlon Made a strong run through the Aston defence ending up with Floyd scoring from his own half which captain Gary McDermott converted 53-3. But then Aston hit back and Leek saw the Aston prop drive through their tackles for a deserved score and conversion from near the posts 53-10
Nick Palmer then completed another quick tap penalty move scoring a converted try after 15 minutes of the second half and soon after Floyd’s third try saw him score after a long pass from Gary McDermott. With the score now 65-10 Ed Harrison was given a yellow card for going in at the side of a ruck under the Leek posts and then Aston were able to take advantage and score a converted try near the posts 65-17.
Luke Hardern then crashed over to make the score 70-17 and when Harrison returned soon after the Aston man of the match was yellow carded. Leek took advantage and Palmer scored his third try which was converted 77-17. Then in injury time Floyd scored his fourth try converted by McDermott and the final whistle called a halt to a great Leek performance which saw 14 great tries and a young squad of players who worked very hard to finish with such a great result and score of 84-17.Everybody in the team contributed to this terrific result which was a great example of hard work both for each other and the team.
Next week Leek are away at fourth placed Bridgnorth and will know that only a strong team performance will come away with a win. The 2xv are at home v Longton 2xv and the 3xv are at home v Newport 3xv. All kick offs will be 2.15pm or 2.30pm at the latest.
The following week Nov 9th sees the 1xv at home v Camp Hill in the league and all Vice-presidents are invited to meet at 1pm in support of the club and to partake of a light buffet and some beers. Leek Rugby Club will also be presented with the RFU Accreditation to recognize their status as a well-run club for both juniors and seniors.
Author Gareth Jones