Centurions smash the 1,000 point barrier

Jonny Walker scores the try which took Leigh Centurions to 1000 points for the season. Photo: Brian King
Jonny Walker scores the try which took Leigh Centurions to 1000 points for the season. Photo: Brian King

JONNY Walker had the honour of seeing Leigh Centurions to the 1,000 points mark in the Kingstone Press Championship at Wrexham on Sunday.

Making his second appearance for the Centurions, Walker went over for the first try of his Leigh career in the 29th minute as Leigh reached the 1,000 points landmark for only the fourth time in league games in their long history.

Tommy Dickens’ side scored 1,156 points in their Division Two championship winning season of 1985-86 when they won 33 of their 34 league games, including the last 30 in succession.

In 2001 Paul Terzis’s side won 26 of their 28 Premiership games and scored 1,139 points along the way as they finished league leaders. They repeated the feat in 2002, scoring 1,021 points in 27 Premiership games but with one draw and five defeats finished second in the table.

In all games, Leigh have scored 1,164 points in 30 games so far in 2014, winning 28 and losing just twice- against Doncaster in the Kingstone Press Championship and eventual winners Leeds Rhinos in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

They are on course for the most successful season results-wise in the Club’s history currently held by the 1985-86 side which won 39 of their 43 games in all competitions, losing on only four occasions. The 2011 side under Ian Millward won 26 and drew one of 31 games in all competitions, again losing only four times.

Leigh have reached the 1,000 points mark in all games in separate ten seasons, twice in the old winter seasons of 1985-86 and 1988-89 and eight times since the switch to a summer game (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2014).