Leigh East hang on for first win of season

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Leigh East 25 Bradford Dudley Hill 24

Leigh East got their first points of the season thanks to an Adam Holland drop goal.

But it was the visitors that took the lead on seven minutes when Neil Wall went over and also converted his own try to make it 0-6.

East got back on track on 15 minutes when young winger Josh Giluley went over and with Holland’s conversion made the score 6-6.

But it only stayed that way for five minutes when Dale Allred broke away to score, Holland converted to make it, 12-6.

Sam Grainey extended East’s lead on 27 minutes which Holland converted and that seemed to let Leigh East control the game. But Dudley Hill had other plans just before half time when Wall went over for his second self converted try which brought the score line closer at 18-10 at the break.

East started stronger in the second half and it took just four minutes to extend the lead when Holland slid through the defence to score and also converted to take the score to a comfortable 24-10. Bradford Dudley Hill stepped it up a gear in the final third of the game when Kyle Bateman spun over from close range.

Wall converted to make it 24-16 and eight minutes later they were within two points after Elliot Cousins scored with Wall converting.

Wall went on to convert a penalty goal on 76 minutes but East had the last cheer with Adam Holland slotting over the drop goal in the 79th minute to take the spoils.

Ryan O’Toole took the host’s Man of the Match.

Saddleworth Rangers 38 Leigh East 2nd team 22

East travelled to Saddleworth attempting to gain their first win of the season but fell short due to ill discipline which led to a number of penalties going against them that the hosts turned into points.

However,there were plenty of positives led by Mark Ballard and Zac Nicholls, East played some quality rugby. East tries: Mark Ballard, Mike Fearnay, Lee Gaskell , Marcus Mercer. Goals: Zac Nicholls 3

Leigh East u18s 4 Ince Rose Bridge 6

East started off brightly with a well worked try out wide by Billy Allred but silly errors let the visitors score under the uprights to put them in the lead.

East thought they had got the win when Allred latched on to a kick through by Jordan Haggerty but was ruled out for offside.

East will have to rebuild for their next game on April 27 against Wigan St Jude’s in the semi final of the national cup at Ledgard Avenue.

West Bank Bears 10 Leigh East u15s 28

East carried on their unbeaten start to the season after a comfortable victory against West Bank.

It was East who raced into a 22-10 half time lead after tries from Danny Surridge, Corey Hamer, Brad Whelan and James Fleming and Whelan also adding three conversions and in the second half it was Ethan Fleming scoring the only try of the half to seal the victory, Whelan also converted.

Leigh East u14s 16 Newton Storm 21

A much improved performance was needed after last week but it was going to be a tall order against a good Newton Storm team.

From the kick off this was a different East team in attitude and skill as they took the game to Newton and went into an early lead with an unconverted try from Will Ludlow. Newton hit back to score three tries, two of which they converted to lead at the break 4-16.

Going uphill in the second half the East 17 were nothing short of magnificent and constantly battered Newton in both attack and defence.

East persistence paid off with a try from Ryan Horne converted by Danny Hatton.

More pressure from East again paid off with a kick to the corner for Lewis Clarke to touch down and Ryan Horne converted magnificentley from the touchline to tie the game at 16 all with five minutes left.

East again drove the ball deep into Newton’s half only to knock on and from the resulting scrum Newton kicked wide for the winger to catch and race away to score outwide outpacing the covering defence for an unconverted try. East gathered from the restart to go through two sets and then were thwarted by the final whistle.

OTHER RESULTS: Leigh East u13s 10-20 Wigan St Judes; Oldham St Annes 30-6 Leigh East u12s; Leigh East u11s 16-18 Wigan St Pats; Leigh East u10s 1-10 Woolston Rovers; West Bank Bears 7-1 Leigh East u8s; Leigh East u7s 9-8 Woolston Rovers.