Sat 25
Aston Old Edwardians
1st XV


By Michael Whitehouse
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Understandably given the positions the clubs are in this season, the heavy score reflected them.

Leek fielded a side that showed several changes from the last couple of weeks with Simon and Ollie Drew finding their way on to the bench.
Jack Conlon started at hooker and Neil Edge on the flank as well as Dan Smith at full back.

The opening 10 minutes saw the home side with the slope and wind advantage start promisingly and Leek were defending their line with some urgency.
As the siege lifted, the Moorlanders began to move the ball and scored 4 tries in the 1st half, despite a 10 minute spell when the heavens opened and a hail storm, thunder and lightning storm and rain storm erupted.
The 2nd half proved to be more fruitful as the league leaders put together some flowing moves to add another 9 tries.

James Floyd scored 5 tries, Dan Smith scored 3 tries and Nick Palmer, Simon Drew, Liam McDermott, Ed Harrison and Ian Harris scored 1 each. Gary McDermott converted 8 to hand Leek a big score.
However, the story of the day and the season really is the way Aston’s players have turned out week in week out despite the scores and their club is to be highly praised for fulfilling their fixture list.
They are an old established club with a rich history of sports in the Aston area of Birmingham and over the last decade have probably beaten all the sides they currently face in Midlands West 2.

The cycle of success is against them at the moment but it is a transient feature and from which, no doubt, they will rise again.
Leek Rugby Club wishes Aston Old Eds all the best for the remainder of the season and hopes they will continue to field rugby teams for another 100 years.

In other games, the result of the day went to Bridgnorth who beat Crewe and Nantwich 29-0. The Shropshire side have won 6 league games in a row and along with Leek feature in the Midlands Intermediate Semi Final matches this Saturday. The following week, February 8th, sees Bridgnorth visit Esterchem Park for a vital league encounter.
Old Salts won at Stafford and Moseley Oak won at Tamworth with 2 other games postponed as the weather takes a grip on pitches in the area.

The Leek win and Crewe defeat sees the Moorlanders increase their lead at the head of the table to 11 points, but the pack is closing with Bridgnorth and Moseley Oak, along with Crewe all in the hunt with games in hand and with all of the sides to play each other, any outcome can happen and the side that can have a bit of luck, stay injury free and play to their best will deserve to win it. It should be a great climax to the season.

Ahead of that though, is the little matter of this Saturday’s Midlands Intermediate Cup semi-finals.
Bridgnorth have to travel to league leaders in Midlands 2 East (S), Leighton Buzzard. They remain the Midlands only unbeaten side at this level, but with the All Blacks running into some scintillating form, they should give Leighton a great game and we wish them well.
Leek must travel to Newbold on Avon, lying 2nd to Leighton Buzzard. The Warwickshire side have been going well this season and it is over 20 years since Leek last played Newbold in the league, so it’s going to be a new experience for most.

Leek’s members are turning up to support their team and the 2 coaches will leave Esterchem Park at 10.30am on Saturday morning.
Please get there early as the team will need to prepare before the game.
Please note that the coaches are now fully booked, so if you haven’t booked, you will need to travel by car.

Author John McDermott

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Sat 25, Jan 2014




Midlands 2 West (North)