Leigh Miners Rangers 50 East Hull 22
Miners Rangers turned in one of their best performances of the season so far as a sparkling display of attacking rugby put East Hull to the sword and closed the gap on the teams above Miners in mid-table.
A week after shipping 50 at Thatto Miners redressed the balance somewhat although the game wasn’t without its nervy moments as Easts came back from 34-6 down to close to within 12 points before Miners eased through to put the game to bed.
With John Woods returning to the side Miners were significantly strengthened as Danny Jones, Danny Jackson, Liam Coleman and Steven Marsh all figured after missing the previous weekend.
It was winger Woods who opened the scoring as he finished off in trademark imperious fashion from 25 metres out then a fine flowing piece of rugby involving five players and covering half the length of the pitch ended with Jackson crashing in for the second home try inside the first six minutes, Jonny Youds adding both goals.
East Hull replied with a try from Chris Lyth, the big prop breaking through from a close range tapped penalty, but Miners soon seized a commanding hold on the game, Woods finishing off well for his second after Scott O’Brien had broken through and then the Miners’ captain himself getting in on the act, slipping his way through a host of attempted tackles to score a tremendous solo effort and make it 24-6 at the break.
The Leigh side continued to rack up the points after the interval as Andrew Hodson finished off from Youds’ floated pass to the left corner, then Adam Thomason charged in for a score. But Easts with nothing to lose they began to throw the ball around.
Matty Brookes set the comeback in motion as he showed quick wits to dive over from a penalty near the line and with tries following in quick succession for Lyth and Sam Cator the scoreline had gone from a comfortable 34-6 to 34-22.
Miners stabilised when Hodson finished off for his second, a virtual carbon copy of his first, and in the closing stages as Easts’ frustrations boiled over - leaving them with 11 men at the finish - further tries for O’Brien and Thomason rounded off the afternoon’s work for Miners.
The U18s were the only other team active at the weekend and they too hit 50, dismantling Burtonwood Bulldogs 52-6 with some tremendous rugby. Jake Waterworth topped the scoring charts with a try and eight goals. Deacon Monks had a hat-trick and Elliott Ryan scored twice. Matt Wilkinson, Jack Burden and Frankie Halton were the other scorers.
This Saturday the first team host Ince Rose Bridge, 2.30pm kick off