Keighley Cougars Reserves 22 Leigh Centurions Reserves 34
Leigh Centurions Reserves made a winning start to their 2015 Reserves Championship campaign but had to come from behind at Cougar Park on Thursday evening.
Paul Anderson’s side trailed 18-6 early in the second half before going on to dominate the last half-hour and run out convincing winners at the end of an entertaining game.
First team captain Oliver Wilkes lined up against one of his former clubs in a Reserves side that had a spine of experience with squad members Tom Spencer, Jonny Walker, Adam Higson and Lewis Foster also featuring.
But Cougars started the stronger and scored converted tries by prop Ross Peltier and standoff Liam Darville before the visitors opened their account through winger Josh Swift just before half-time.
Martyn Broadley went over for Cougars’ third try just after the resumption, Alfie Seeley hitting his third goal before the Centurions belatedly came to life.
Hooker Luke Warburton sparked the revival and Sam Peet then scythed over down the left with Matt Pendlebury’s third conversion tying the scores.
The Cougars regained the lead just after the hour-mark when winger Joe Brier crossed for their fourth try.
But Wilkes ploughed through the close range cover for a converted try under the posts and Swift grabbed his second try of the evening before Ethan Jukes completed the revival.
Leigh Centurions Reserves: Jack Hansen; Mitch Cox, Adam Higson, Sam Peet (try), Josh Swift (2 tries); Matt Pendlebury (5 goals), Lewis Foster; Tom Spencer, Luke Warburton (try), Jonny Walker, Jacque Peet, Jamie Tracey, Oliver Wilkes (try). Subs: Ethan Jukes (try), Elliot Liku, Frankie Halton, Tommy Holland.
Leigh Centurions Reserves are next in action against York City Knights at Leigh East ARLFC on Thursday 23 April (7.45pm) and then play Sheffield Eagles at the same venue the following Thursday, 30 April (7.45pm).