Centurions Reserves crush Cougars

Corey Lee of Leigh Centurions
Corey Lee of Leigh Centurions

Reserves Championship: Leigh Centurions 84-12 Keighley Cougars

Paul Anderson’s Leigh Reserves romped to a 16-try victory over Keighley on their return to Twist Lane with fullback Corey Lee leading the way with a hat-trick.

The youngster impressed in pre season before sustaining an injury in a warm-up game that wrote off his first half of the season but is rapidly making up for lost time.

Jamie Tracey, Tyler Whittaker, Jake Knox, Adam Barber and Mitch Cox each scored two tries with Sam Baggaley, Harry Gagen, Jack Hansen also crossing.

Ben Reynolds, making a welcome return to action after injury kicked six of the Centurions’ 10 goals.

Each half was a mirror image of the other with the Centurions scoring 42 points to six before and after half-time.

With Leigh East unavailable due to pitch renovation Anderson’s men enjoyed their return to the home of Leigh Miners Rangers. On their last visit they beat Keighley 72-10 in May 2014 on their way to a championship-winning season.

Ross Peltier and James Morton scored the Cougars’ tries with Connor Clayton kicking two goals.

Knox set the young Centurions on the way with two tries in the first seven minutes before Gagen marked his debut with the third try. Cox (2), Lee, Hansen and Tracey added further tries before the break.

Lee scored his second try four minutes after the resumption and completed his hat-trick after 53 minutes following Hansen’s chip as the home side went on to claim a convincing victory.

Leigh Centurions Reserves: Corey Lee (3 tries); Jake Knox (2 tries, goal), Mitch Cox (2 tries), Sam Baggaley (try, goal), Harry Gagen (try); Ben Reynolds (6 goals), Jack Hansen (try, goal); Tommy Holland, Brad Smith, Jamie Tracey (2 tries), Adam Barber (2 tries), Tom Roughley, Luke Warburton. Subs: Declan Gregory, Tyler Whittaker (2 tries, goal), Elliot Liku, Josh Swift.