Leigh East 22 Woolston Rovers 22

DUE to the wintry conditions the only game in the North West Counties League was played on the 3G pitch at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday.

In the Division 4 clash between league leaders Woolston Rovers and second place Leigh East, the visitors dominated the first half and the score line reflected the penalty and error count, with Woolston leading 16-0 at the break. East were unlucky with a few chances in the first half, but either couldn’t find the finishing pass or were held up over the line.

But East buckled down,gave away fewer penalties and began to dominate possession, bringing the score back to 10-16 within 10 minutes of the restart with tries from Danny Richardson and Chris Penkywicz.

Woolston extended their lead to 22-10, but East were far from finished.

Another try from the big prop Penkywicz and then Adam Holland darting over from 20 yards exploiting the gaps in the tiring Woolston defence meant that a nail-biting finish was on the cards.

This Saturday East first team are in BARLA National Cup action at home against last season’s NCL finalist Siddal, the final two NCL teams left in the competition at the last 16 stage.

With only three weeks to go before the start of the inaugural summer NCL season both clubs see this as the best preparation, the winners however may not be able to field a full team in the quarter finals as the fixture will clash with RFL National Conference League fixtures. Kick Off 2pm.