Leigh boss wants fans to make themselves heard in Cup clash

Leigh fans need to be in full voice at Rochdale says Centurions boss Paul Rowley. Photo by Brian King.
Leigh fans need to be in full voice at Rochdale says Centurions boss Paul Rowley. Photo by Brian King.
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LEIGH boss Paul Rowley is asking Centurions fans to make themselves heard and generate an old fashioned Cup tie atmosphere against Rochdale at Spotland on Sunday.

In what will be the second game in eight days between the clubs, the incentive of a place in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth round should guarantee an exciting encounter.

Especially as last Sunday’s Championship game contained a few flashpoints as Hornets fought back after Leigh had looked on course for a routine win.

“It’s all teed up for a good contest,” admitted Rowley.

“Rochdale will be feeling confident they can beat us after the way they came back; likewise we feel we have lots of improvement in us after failing to kill them off when he had the chance.

“What I’m excited about is having all the Leigh fans together in the stadium, singing their songs and making lots of noise. Our away fans are brilliant and we feed off that.

“There is no doubt the players respond when our fans are at their loudest. They can be our 18th man.”

Centurions were less than convincing on Sunday as Rochdale produced a spirited second half fightback.

A late try from Tom Armstrong finally put the result beyond doubt.

“We created a lot of opportunities and a few calls went against us with forward passes,” said Rowley.

“There has to be an improvement on the way we defend kicks because Rochdale used that tactic to good effect.”