Leigh aim for last four of Northern Rail Cup

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Leigh Centurions are determined to get back to winning ways in Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup quarter final clash against Whitehaven.

Back to back defeats at home to Featherstone and away to Workington since Leigh’s last round win at Featherstone have left Leigh falling away in the Championship race for pole position, but the opportunity of picking up a trophy that Leigh last won in 2011 is certainly something that Paul Rowley and his team are determined not to let pass by.

Whitehaven arrive, lying in seventh position in the Kingstone press Championship, but having suffered a 50-18 setback at Sheffield Eagles last Sunday. They have key players in the likes of Jamie Rooney, Lee Patterson and Jessie Joe Parker, with ex-Leigh man Lee Doran and the speedy winger Craig Calvert to give them plenty of strike options under the guidance of vastly experienced Australian coach, Dave Woods. Whitehaven defeated Barrow in the previous round and then saw off Hunslet in the League before their Eagles setback last Sunday and they are a side that is well capable of creating an upset.

Leigh look likely to be without Ryan Brierley, but the club is working hard to try and get Martyn Ridyard fit.

Meanwhile Leigh Centurions have appointed Vice Chairman John Roddy as the interim Chairman of the club. This move was instigated last week following a review by the new board of management initiated after a meeting with the Leigh Sports village management regarding its tenure at the stadium.

The previous Chairman, Keith Freer has been stood down to allow the new team to take a fresh approach when planning the club’s future direction. This will enable the new board of management to create a pathway to income streams that will provide the club with the necessary platform from which it can achieve its goals and objectives the primary of which is to secure future Super League status.

Derek Beaumont, Football Director, said: “We would like to thank Keith for his stewardship during the past two years; Keith took the helm when the Club went through financial difficulties and provided the new board with a platform to build upon. However it is clear that the management team now requires alternative leadership to build further our core support.”