Centurions will smash pain barrier to reach top

Martin Aspinwall is congratulated by team-mate Gregg McNally after scoring for Leigh at Doncaster. Photo: Brian King.
Martin Aspinwall is congratulated by team-mate Gregg McNally after scoring for Leigh at Doncaster. Photo: Brian King.

PAUL Rowley says his battle hardened Centurions will play through the pain to achieve their ultimate ambition of topping the Kingstone Press Championship this season.

Leigh suffered their first league defeat of the season at Doncaster last Sunday – ending an astonishing run of 18 successive wins.

It was a game where injuries caught up with Leigh – scrum-half Ryan Brierley limping off in the first half – forcing an emergency reorganisation. Stand-off Martyn Ridyard was missing through injury for a second week.

Not that Centurions coach Paul Rowley was blaming that for a first Championship defeat since September 2013.

“I wasn’t comfortable with the way we lost,” he said. “Some players like Oliver Wilkes and Tommy Goulden dug deep and gave it their best shot but some didn’t.

“If you lose knowing you gave it your best shot then fair enough. But I think we let ourselves down at Doncaster.”

Leigh are monitoring the fitness of a handful of players – including Brierley and Ridyard – ahead of Saturday’s game against Keighley (kick off 6.30pm).

“We will assess everyone this week and whoever deserves to play will play,” says Rowley. “We’re getting to the point of the year where players just have to play through the pain so we can get the job done.”