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Spartans 1st - Match centre

Spartans (Midlands)
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A Garbett, A Bushell
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A Garbett
Sat 14 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

Leek 27, Spartans 12.


Leek 27, Spartans 12.

Leek 27, Spartans 12.

The long journey north proved a step too far as Spartans travelled to an in-form Leek side backed by a large and noisy crowd, and it was the home side who took the honours.

It was one of those days when Spartans struggled to find their mojo and from the first whistle it was clear Leek would use their massive forwards more than their lively backs. Spartans dug in and managed to stem the flow, breaking into the Leek half occasionally but never looking very threatening and the game was very much a stop/start affair. The Men In Black made sure the scoreboard remained unchanged with some very stubborn resistance and Leek missing a very kickable penalty, but on the stroke of half time Leek drove over from a lineout for a five point lead.

The second half began with Leek taking a direct approach, and their well-fed forwards gradually began to take over as they drove the ball. The Spartan resistance was eventually broken by two mystery yellow cards in quick succession and with two men short Leek needed no invitations to drive their lineouts again and again, scoring two tries in the process. With one carded player back on the field the black backs finally found some daylight and scorched in for a reply, but before the second Spartan could return Leek finally decided to use their own backs to score a fine try. In the final quarter Spartans worked really hard around the field and were rewarded with a great try as the battered forwards won enough ball to release the backs for a try under the posts. Try as hard as they might, Spartans couldn't find another score and the game fizzled out with the home side worthy winners.

This week Spartans make an equally long journey west to Ludlow.

Key moments

Try Try for Leek
Penalty Penalty kicked for Leek
Try Try for Leek
Try Try for Leek
Conversion Conversion for Leek
Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
Try Try for Leek
Conversion Conversion for Leek
Try Andy Bushell scores for Spartans (Midlands)
Conversion Alex Garbett kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)


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76:00 Conversion 27 - 12
Alex Garbett kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
75:00 Try 27 - 10
Andy Bushell scores for Spartans (Midlands)
71:00 Conversion 27 - 5
Conversion for Leek
70:00 Yellow Card
Dominic Morphet is yellow carded for Spartans (Midlands)
70:00 Try 25 - 5
Try for Leek
65:00 Sub On
Dominic Morphet is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
65:00 Sub On
Brett Garbett is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
61:00 Missed Conversion
Alex Garbett misses a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Try 20 - 5
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
59:00 Conversion 20 - 0
Conversion for Leek
58:00 Try 18 - 0
Try for Leek
50:00 Sub On
Mike Bennett is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
50:00 Yellow Card
Josh Atkins is yellow carded for Spartans (Midlands)
50:00 Try 13 - 0
Try for Leek
45:00 Penalty 8 - 0
Penalty kicked for Leek
End of period 1
38:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Leek
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Leek
  • Spartans (Midlands)
  • 0
  • Try 38:00'
  • Penalty 45:00'
  • Josh Atkins Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Mike Bennett Sub On 50:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • Try 58:00'
  • Conversion 59:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 60:00'
  • Dominic Morphet Sub On 65:00'
  • Brett Garbett Sub On 65:00'
  • Dominic Morphet Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Conversion 71:00'
  • Andy Bushell Try 75:00'
  • Alex Garbett Conversion 76:00'

Team selection

Garbett, Alex Garbett, Alex
Wayne, Tom Wayne, Tom
Southam, Matt Southam, Matt
Bushell, Andy Bushell, Andy
Atkins, Josh Atkins, Josh
Hardy, Thomas Hardy, Thomas
Greenhalgh , Richard Greenhalgh , Richard
Foulds, Mike Foulds, Mike
Sanders, Will Sanders, Will
Lambert, Ed Lambert, Ed
Owen, Jamie Owen, Jamie
Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Andrew
O'Donovan, Chris O'Donovan, Chris
Bates-Powell, Perry Bates-Powell, Perry
Devine, Ryan Devine, Ryan

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitchurch 21 98
2. Crewe & Nantwich 22 80
3. Leek 21 69
4. Spartans (Midlands) 22 66
5. Ludlow 22 62
6. Veseyans 22 57
7. Walsall 22 53

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