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LEEK face a massive test of their top-of-the-table credentials when they journey south to take on leaders Wolverhampton in Midlands Two West (North).
The rampant Moorlanders lie in third place after inflicting 60-0, 44-5 and 40-0 wallopings of Lordswood Dixonians, Veseyans and Old Saltleians respectively.
Wolverhampton are certainly no mugs, but showed they are not invincible when they lost 33-28 at STAFFORD in a thriller last month.
Leek boast the division's second-tightest defence and third-best attack, but will have to be at their very best to match the hosts, says club stalwart John McDermott.
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He said: "The Old Saltleians win was a step up from the previous two weeks as they were a fine side, but we will have to do it again against Wolverhampton.
"They were promoted in second place last year and have taken this division by storm."
STAFFORD need to string results together if they are to advance on their fifth place.
They lost 26-5 to Bakewell Mannerians in the Midlands Intermediate Cup third round last weekend and face Spartans at home this Saturday.
STOKE resume their topsy-turvy Midlands One West (North) season looking for their first away victory of the campaign at fellow mid-table outfit Walsall.
The Barlaston side have been locked in a win-lose-win-lose-win-lose sequence since the end of September, victorious at home, but then suffering defeats on the road.
It means they currently sit eighth, although a healthy points difference suggests they will be looking upwards rather than down.
Walsall have not won in their past four matches and are desperate to recover from a heavy defeat at Stratford-upon-Avon in their last outing.
NEWCASTLE and ECCLESHALL meet in Midlands Three West (North), with Castle hoping to repeat their derby success from March to bolster a title charge.
They needed to withstand a late Eccleshall comeback before completing an entertaining 18-10 win thanks in large to excellent counter-rucking led by Josh Morris.
The league leaders, who lost a cup thriller 26-30 toWest Bridgford last week, will be looking for Liam Bailey to continue his superb try-scoring form to keep them safe at the top.