Top spot so close for Centurions

Micky Higham was singled out for praise by Leigh coach Paul Rowley. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Micky Higham was singled out for praise by Leigh coach Paul Rowley. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
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LEIGH will clinch top spot in the Kingstone Press Championship if they win or draw against Dewsbury on Wednesday at the Sports Village.

Paul Rowley’s side missed the chance to win the Championship Leaders’ Shield on Sunday when they were held to a 36-36 all draw at Bradford.

“I thought we scraped a draw,” said Rowley. “I’m not sure we deserved it.

“I thought Bradford dictated play for long periods but we responded after half-time and Micky Higham was outstanding for us when he came on at half-time.”

Rowley also felt his players looked tired, feeling the strain of a busy recent schedule which included three games in eight days after the Challenge Cup quarter final defeat against Warrington.

“The effects of that period really showed against Bradford,” said Rowley. “I thought we looked flat and low on energy at Bradford. But there are no question marks regarding our self belief and confidence ahead of the play-offs.

“I’m sure Bradford will have a good crack at them and I think we will draw confidence from the wins we have had against Salford and Wakefield in the Cup.”

Leigh were without Liam Kay at Bradford because of a hip injury while Oliver Wilkes was also missing with a badly cut lip. Both could return against the Rams as could Kurt Haggerty, Mathias Pala and Jamie Acton.