Saturday Sport: Rugby cup clash the big attraction of the day

Rugby Union

THE big sporting attraction in the Staffordshire Moorlands is the Midland Intermediate Cup semi-final clash between Leek and Droitwich at Cheddleton’s Ester-Chem Park (2pm).

The cup trail leads to the national stages of the competition en-route to the final at Twickenham.

It’s a route Leek successfully negotiated four years ago to the hallowed home of English rugby where they lost 22-19 to Trowbridge.

Leek will have to be at their best to beat Droitwich who have won all 13 starts to date in Midland Two West (South).

For supporters travelling by car to the game extra parking arrangements have been put in place.

With the clubhouse car park expected to be fully taken up additional car parking is being provided at the Wall Lane pitch and the Ashcombe Centre at the Cheddleton end entrance to the St Eward’s Park estate. Marshalls will be on hand to assist.

Game sponsored by IT Solutions of Uttoxeter.

Football

LEEK Town are away to Frickley Athletic in the Division One South of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

Midfield player Nathan Whitehead, pictured,has returned to Leek and is expected to be named in Neil Baker”s squad.

Whitehead had a spell with Blues at the start of the 2015-16 season and made 13 appearances before joining Lincoln United.

Blues face a tough task against Frickley who are the league’s second-highest scorers with 59 goals to their credit.

FORMER Blues skipper Sam Hall has left Nantwich Town by mutual consent agreement after becoming unsettled on failing to land a regular place in the team this season.

The 29 year year old midfielder left Leek for Nantwich at the start of the 2015-16 and has made 128 appearances for the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division club.

Nantwich boss David Cooke said: β€œHe’s played a big part in the club’s recent success, but wants to play regularly and I couldn’t guarantee him that.

β€œI’m sorry to se him go, but I wish him all the best for the future.”