Centurions reserves almost hit a century against Keighley

Action from Leigh Centurions 94 Keighley Cougars 6. Photo by Brian King.
Action from Leigh Centurions 94 Keighley Cougars 6. Photo by Brian King.
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Leigh’s Reserve Team continued their winning ways with a ruthless demolition of Keighley Cougars at Leigh East.

Paul Anderson’s in-form side ran in 16 tries as they came close to reaching the century-mark, eventually recording a 94-6 victory.

Halfback Josh Ward gave a near perfect display of goalkicking and ended the game with a 30-point haul from his 15 goals.

On a clear but chilly evening Sam Peet got the ball rolling with the opening try virtually straight from kick-off and centre Sam Baggaley soon added another.

The young Cougars responded with a converted try but after that it was virtually all one-way traffic.

Loose forward Anthony Bate, who played in the cup-tie against Wigan St Pats went over and then winger Alex Brown crossed for the first of what proved to be a personal four-try harvest. Brown is

rapidly making a strong claim for a first-team recall with his second four-try show in the past few games, following on from the game at Oldham. His first try was the only one Ward failed to convert.

Chris Hankinson celebrated his first-team debut against WSP with a 70-metre try and fullback Mick Scrivens, outstanding in recent games, then went over. Before the half-time interval gave the visitors

some temporary respite Bate and Brown both crossed for their second tries and Ryan Duffy also went over as the Centurions went in leading 52-6.

Brown completed his hat-trick with the first try of the second half before Andy Thornley and Jonny Pownall got in on the scoring act.

Baggaley then raced 70 metres for his second try and Brown posted his fourth try of a one-sided evening. Before the referee’s whistle brought the game to an end Leigh added further tries by

Thornley and Eze Harper.

Team: Scrivens (t); Brown (4t), Pitman, Baggaley (2t), Pownall (t); Ward (15g), Foster; Ashurst, Govin, Ostick, Peet (t), Hankinson (t), Bate (2t). Subs: Warburton, Harper (t), Thornley (2t), Duffy (t).