Rugby: Leek go on defensive to secure victory
LEEK manfully defended their try line in the dying stages to cling on to a deserved 24-18 win at Aston Old Edwardians in Midlands Two West (North).
They would have been kicking themselves had they let it slip after earlier enjoying a 24-6 advantage.
Leek powered into a 17-6 half-time lead thanks to Aston having two players sin-binned and Gary McDermott kicking four penalties.
There was also a first-half try for debutant Tom Tavakece after he grabbed Shane Dicker's long pass to score in the corner.
After half-time there was a second Leek try for scrum-half Dan Needham, back at the club from Rugby Lions, when he bustled over from a tap penalty.
But with Leek missing further chances to score and Aston twice going over to narrow the gap, it was a tense finale before the visitors could celebrate their first league win.
NEWCASTLE skipper Dan Jones bagged two of his side's four tries as they went second in Midlands Three West (North) thanks to a 26-6 home win over Wednesbury.
Their victory wasn't always as assured as the scoreline suggests, however, as resilient defence was required to keep the visitors at bay.
Newcastle led 14-6 at the break thanks to John Sale sprinting 50 yards to claim their opening try and Jones crossing for a second score.
Only in the last 20 minutes of the game, following some determined defending, did Newcastle break free, with Sam Evans sidestepping his way through for a third try.
And then Jones went over for his second score to claim a bonus point.
UTTOXETER introduced former Watsonians forward Bruce Mustard into their line-up during their 22-17 win at Five Ways OE in Midlands Four West (North).
Mustard was but a keen onlooker when Uttoxeter raced into a 10-0 half-time lead thanks to James Gill and Jason Cabrera.
Gill shot up the left wing with blistering pace to round off a superb eight-man move, while Cabrera seized on a full-back's fumble to dive over.
Uttoxeter's ebbing work-rate cost then them a try, while skipper Mat Nance retired through injury and centre Alex Crisp was sin-binned.
But with Mustard rucking well and helping create quick ball after stepping off the bench, Uttoxeter made sure of their victory when lock Steve Edward broke clear to score under the posts.