Tamworth complete their Great Escape
LEEK 8 TAMWORTH RFC FIRST XV 30
TAMWORTH secured the Great Escape with a fine victory over Leek.
Their win ensured safety in Midlands Two West North, despite relegation rivals Veseyans also winning against Old Salts.
Andy Smith's men deservedly beat the Moorlanders with a four try haul and soon had Leek on the back foot.
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However, it was Leek who took the lead as they won a penalty for holding on and Sam Hunt kicked them into a 3-0 lead on eight minutes.
The lead was short-lived as Tamworth took command of the game with sustained periods of ball retention and lots of willing ball carriers.
Prop Dean Smith led the charge with his fellow front men skipper Tommy Franks and Jez Sandhu all eager to make the hard yards.
From a scrum, John Borthwick darted over from about 15 yards out with a jinking run for Tamworth's first try. Danny Norton converted and Tamworth led 10-3
For the remainder of the half, Tamworth defended resolutely and knocked Leek backwards at every opportunity – the desire to win was visible for all to see.
Leek were somewhat shell shocked and maybe complacent against a team on paper they thought they would smash.
A further penalty was scored by Norton which stretched the lead to 13-3 at the half-time interval.
The second half proved more of the same as Tamworth continued their dominance.
From a scrum about ten yards under the Leek posts, Tamworth's inspired number eight Eubie Sayaman crashed over at ease and Tamworth were moving out of sight.
Norton converted to extend the lead to 20-3 and shortly added another penalty to go 23-3 up.
Leek ran hard particularly in the centre but Darren Barber tackled well all game, aided by the flankers Danny Wayne and Lee Bradshaw, who cut Leek's threat in midfield.
Leek got a well deserved try to claw back to 23-8 but Tamworth weren't finished and their flair paid off.
Winger Callum Render had a try disallowed but, from the 22 drop out, Tamworth handled the ball superbly and Dean Smith put a sublime pass into flying scrum half Borthwick, who raced over from 22 yards out to score his second try of the game.
Norton converted to secure a fantastic away victory.
Tamworth end their league season this Saturday when they are at home to local rivals Spartans. Kick off is 3pm.