Sat 28
1st XV


By Michael Whitehouse
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Leek’s final away league game of the season ended in a big defeat but the huge positive for the Moorlanders came after the game....

....when they learned that Earlsdon had defeated Silhillians thus ensuring Leek will be playing Midlands 1 rugby next season.

Blooding 3 debutants on the bench in Ben Barlow, Andy Tomlinson and Reece Milner, Leek is looking to widen the 1st team squad player base for next season and they all played their part in this game.

With skipper Gary McDermott now out for the rest of the season, brother Liam continued at half back with Ollie Drew. Adam Smith and Sam Hunt were in the centre and James Floyd and Dan Sharratt were on the wings with Jack Newton Taylor at full back.
Bobby and Ed Cheadle made up two thirds of the front row with John Brooks. Ed Harrison and Luke Hardern were at lock and Luke Staton was at No.8 with Andy McFadden and George Hunt on the flanks.

Kenilworth was coming off the back of 3 defeats and Leek was looking to finish their away campaign with a 3rd win but the home side proved a tough nut and ran away with the game in the 2nd half after a very competitive first half.
The pitch was perfect and in cool windy conditions Leek started well and had a Sam Hunt penalty on 2 minutes for offside but the kick was pulled wide. 2 minutes later though a series of 3 quick tapped penalties had the home side scoring on the left as the quick thinking scrum half, who tormented Leek all afternoon, set up the inside centre for the opening try. The conversion missed and Kenilworth led 5-0.

Leek looked dangerous on 15 minutes in the Kenilworth 22 but a knock on thwarted a scoring opportunity but 5 minutes later Sam Hunt had Leek on the board with a successful penalty attempt for over the top at the ruck. 5-3.
On 23 minutes a rather harsh yellow for Luke Hardern followed after the referee deemed a succession of infringements warranted a card. The resulting penalty gave the home fullback a simple attempt and he duly extended the lead to 8-3.

Reece Milner came on for George Hunt as the flanker nursed a head knock on 29 minutes but from a lineout on the half way, Leek’s defence was not good enough as the Kenilworth backs ran through the Leek line for the centre to score by the posts. The conversion was good and the lead up to 15-3 on 31 minutes.

5 minutes later and Leek’s backs were attacking down the left on half way when the ball was dropped. Kicked ahead by the home wing, he hacked again and won the race for the ball to score under the posts. The c