WIRRAL put on an excellent display in front of their largest crowd of the season to defeat Leek 33-21 and maintain fifth position in the league.

With the benefit of the wind, Leek had the early territorial advantage and scored a converted try after seven minutes, mauling their way over the line.

It was not until the 21st minute that Wirral equalised following a try by Tom Akehurst and conversion by James Annetts. A couple of minutes later Wirral extended their lead to 14-7 when a quickly taken penalty enabled Annetts to score and convert to give Wirral the lead at half time.

In the second half, Wirral played with more freedom and scored tries through Hayden Long, Will Morris and Dan Harvey, with two of the tries being converted.

Wirral suffered a couple of injuries which slowed their attack down and it allowed Leek to counter attack and they scored two converted tries to leave the score 33-21.

The final five minutes saw more pressure from Leek but the Wirral defence remained intact.

Wirral's next game is on January 6 away at Stockport.