East just ran out of time

Leigh East 28 West Hull 30

Leigh East came close to snatching a win against West Hull on Saturday. In their last three outings East had failed to score a try in the second half, on all three occasions holding the lead at the break. After taking the lead through an early Adam Holland try, and Adrian Dootsons conversion East were trailing 6-12 after 40 mins, however, six minutes of time were added in which the visitors scored another two converted tries to go in to the break, leading by 6-24.

East regrouped and replied with a brace of tries from John Taylor and one by Andrew Groves, Dootson improving two of the three to make the score 22-24 after 75 mins. A knock on from the restart handed possession from the scrum to West Hull who replied immediately with a converted try, East requiring two scores to win. The visitors dug in but Andrew Groves crossed for his second five minutes into added time and Dootson added the conversion to give some hope. It was just too late as there was only time for one more set before the final whistle.

•East U18s booked a spot in the inaugural National Youth League Challenge Cup with a 31-12 win against East Leeds back in early July, last Sunday their opponents were revealed when Thatto Heath beat West Hull 18-16 in the other semi-final. The final is to be played on Bank Holiday Monday at Stanningley ARLFC, K.O. 4pm.

•East seconds have a new coach after John Gunning and Chris Snape decided to call it a day, former Leigh player Mick Blakeley taking over. The next home game on September 1 in the Tier 4 Cup Quarter Final against Walton Warriors from Wakefield, with a 12pm kick off on the main pitch before the first team play Siddal at 2.30pm.