Leigh Centurions 68 Workington Town 14

Cory Paterson goes over for his third try. Photo: Brian King
Cory Paterson goes over for his third try. Photo: Brian King

Cory Paterson scored four tries and Martyn Ridyard kicked 10 goals as Leigh demolished Workington Town in a one-sided Ladbrokes Challenge Cup clash at the Sports Village.

Leigh made an astonishing start, racing into a 32-0 lead after only 20 minutes.

And while they couldn’t maintain their scoring pace at a rate which would have matched their club record defeat at the hands of Workington 21 years ago - 94-4 - they had too much pace and class for their Championship rivals.

Paterson grabbed the first of his half hat-trick in the fourth minute, charging onto Dayne Weston’s short pass. Martyn Ridyard kicked the extras.

Ben Reynolds had a walk-in from close range shortly after before Paterson claimed his second as he jumped for Ridyard’s angled kick and touched down despite clattering into the padding on the post on his way down. Ridyard again goaled.

Leigh scored their fourth try in the 12th minute as Liam Kay and then Tom Armstrong made powerful breaks before Liam Hood finished off their good work with a try from close range. This time there was no conversion.

Further scores from Jonny Pownall and then the hat-trick score from Paterson kept the scoreboard ticking and at 32-0, there was talk of a club record win being on the cards.

But to their credit, Workington kept going and scored twice before half-time. The busy Jarrod Sammut launched a bomb on the last tackle and he was first to react to the bouncing ball and scored a try which Carl Forber converted.

Town winger Theerapol Ritson then squeezed in at the corner five minutes before half-time but Forber couldn’t add the extras.

Reynolds set up Lee Smith for the first try of the second half then repeated the trick for Harrison Hansen shortly after.

Workington spiked Leigh’s scoring with a 57th minute try for Perry Whiteley but Leigh finished strongly. Hansen claimed a second try before Paterson got his fourth, picking up an injury in the process.

Jamie Acton and Sam Hopkins scored a try apiece in the last 10 minutes while Ridyard finished with 10 goals from 12 attempts.

The sides meet again on Easter Monday in Cumbria in a league game.

Leigh

Smith, Pownall, Higson, Armstrong, Kay, Ridyard, Reynolds, Acton, Hood, Weston, Dixon, Hock, Paterson. Subs: Foster, Spencer, Hopkins, Hansen

Workington

J Murphy, C Murphy, Hulme, Mossop, Ritson, Forber, Sammut, Coward, Mattinson, Gordon, B Phillips, Whiteley, Shackley. Subs: McAvoy, Verlinden, Doran, C Phillips

Referee: Chris Kendall

Pitch: Excellent

Weather: Dry but cold

Attendance: 2049