Rugby Union: Leek 1st XV on the road to Twickenham again

LEEK 1st XV edged a little closer to a second appearance at Twickenham with a dramatic 23-22 victory over Matlock in the quarter-final of the Midland Intermediate Cup on Saturday.
It’s too early yet to be talking about a return trip to the home of England Rugby, with the regional and national stages of the competition still lying ahead for the Midland winners.
However, the fighting spirit they showed against Matlock from Midlands Two East (North) puts them in good stead to make further progress in the direction of TW2 7BA.
The 2014 beaten finalists owed a late try from Jack Newton-Taylor for getting them through to the Midland semi-finals when they were trailing 22-16 in the closing stages to their visitors from Derbyshire.
Newton-Taylor produced a moment of magic from a scrum, seizing possession and jinking past a couple of defenders to score under the posts.
Sam Hunt converted to leave Leek celebrating by the narrowest of margins.
Hunt had earlier conveted a couple of penalties to keep his side in the contest as Matlock changed ends with a 10-6 lead.
Matlock added two more tries on the resumption to look on course for further progress in the competition, but Leek fought back with a try from Matt Churchill before the quick feet of Newton-Taylor completed the job.
Leek return to Midlands Two West (North) action this Saturday, when they welcome Moseley Oak to Esterchem Park.