Centurions make it a sweet 16

Leigh's defence moves in at Workington. Photo: Brian King.

Leigh's defence moves in at Workington. Photo: Brian King.

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Workington Town 16 Leigh Centurions 28

Leigh extended their club record breaking winning run to 16 with a hard earned success at Workington.

A week ago, Paul Rowley’s side set a new club record of 15 for successive wins by beating Sheffield. At Workington they kept the momentum going though this is a win which will be filed under “hard earned”.

The Cumbrians fought back in the second half from 22-4 to secure a bonus point which was celebrated as if it were a victory.

While lacking the polish of previous weeks, this was a valuable win for Leigh on a ground where they lost last season. It also keeps them seven points clear at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship.

Workington went ahead in the fifth minute when quick passing to the left got Carl Forber over but he was unable to convert.

It proved to be a short-lived lead as Centurions hit back just three minutes later. Sean Penkywicz’s pass gave Martyn Ridyard some space and the move was continued by Ryan Brierley whose pass found Liam Kay to score in the corner. Ridyard converted from touch to give Leigh the lead.

Two tries in four minutes really turned the game Leigh’s way. First, Workington lost the ball from the scrum and Penkywicz was able to score in the corner from dummy half but Ridyard could not add the extras.

On the 20 minute mark, a break from Bob Beswick split open the Town defence and he found Ridyard then Matthew Sarsfield who scored by the posts. Ridyard’s goal made it 16-4.

Leigh continued to cause problems with their quick passing and swift support play but only added one more try before half-time. Beswick and Ridyard both made breaks through centre field before Brierley finished off with some style. Ridyard added the goal to make it 22-4 which is how it stayed until half-time.

There was a marked improvement from Phil Veivers’ side after the restart and they scored a second try after three minutes through Brett Phillips. Forber added the extras.

Centurions kept the Cumbrians at arm’s length with a try 17 minutes from time - Ridyard’s kick was dropped and Sarsfield pounced for his second. Ridyard again added the goal.

But with the chance of a bonus point driving on the home side, Workington scored 10 minutes from time when Phillips kicked to the corner and Jarrad Stack jumped highest to collect and score. Forber’s second goal from three secured a bonus point.

Teams:

Leigh: McNally, Pownall, Pitman, Armstrong, Kay, Ridyard, Brierley, Spencer, Penkywicz, Bate, Sarsfield, Goulden, Barlow. Subs: Beswick, Wilkes, Emmitt, Acton.

Tries: Kay, Penkywicz, Sarsfield, 2 Brierley

Goals: Ridyard 4 (from 5 attempts)

Workington: Murphy, Mossop, Stack, Connor, Carter, Lupton, Forber, McAvoy, Mattinson, Shackley, B Phillips, Farrell, Olstrum. Subs: Gaskell, C Phillips, Rowlandson, Duerden

Tries: Forber, Stack, Phillips

Conversion: Forber 2 from 3 attempts

Referee: Gareth Hewer; Pitch: Average; Weather: Dry with sunny spells; Attendance: 814