Millward in rallying call to fans

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Leigh Centurions may be battered and bruised but they are calling on the fans to give them a lift as they take on the full force of Dewsbury Rams when the two sides meet at the LSV this Sunday to contest a place in the Northern Rail Cup Final !

But forget the fact that Leigh beat the Rams 34-6 last Sunday, this clash will be a whole different ball game, according to Centurions Coach, Ian Millward.

“The only difference between the sides last Sunday, was that our defence was better,” he said. “Mark my words this will be a different prospect this time out and it will be vital that the fans get behind us to give the type of atmosphere in which the players thrive.

“They really can make a difference and we hope as many as possible get down to the LSV on Sunday to give us all the support they can.”

Millward admits that Dewsbury left his side battered and bruised after last week’s Co-operative Championship victory that saw the club return to winning ways after a disappointing home defeat by Halifax.

“We have had a lot of players on the treatment table,” He confirmed. “And that shows just how tough it was out there. Dewsbury gave it to us tough and although I am hoping that everyone will be available for Sunday, inevitably we will be carrying a couple of knocks.”

Last year Leigh were at this stage when Batley pulled off a sensational victory to leave the Centurions stunned, but Millward is determined that won’t happen again.

“We have a lot of new players, but those that did play against them will have learned from that lesson,” he added. “We don’t want a repeat of that experience.

“Dewsbury will come all fired up and since it is a knock out game, it’s more than ever about what happens on the day. We just need our supporters to turn up in numbers and give us their all. Our players will be ensuring that they give everything and hopefully we can win through.”

The final takes place on Sunday, July 17 at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground.

l Leigh will be holding a dinner on July 22 to commemorate 40 years since the 1971 Challenge Cup Final win at Wembley and the MBE awarded to Tommy Sale last weekend. Tickets are £40 and all funds raised will go towards helping the club through its present predicament.

Meanwhile if you have any ideas that could help Leigh Centurions in this time of need, acting chief executive Trevor Barton would be delighted to hear from you. He can be contacted by e-mail on trevor.barton@leighrl.co.uk. .