Centurions run up half century in Cumbria

Gareth Hock of Leigh Centurions
Gareth Hock of Leigh Centurions
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Workington Town 12 Leigh Centurions 50

LEIGH clocked up a half century as they skilfully negotiated a potentially tricky away game at Workington.

There was no score after 18 minutes but Leigh exploded into life, scoring six tries before half-time.

The scoring rate slowed down inevitably after the break but Leigh still had enough in the tank to get home and didn’t even use Tommy Goulden from the bench.

There were telling contributions from Gareth Hock and Bob Beswick while Ryan Brierley scored twice.

Hock made a strong burst before getting his pass away in the tackle to Tom Spencer who in turn found the supporting Brierley who scored under the posts. Martyn Ridyard added the conversion.

Within two minutes Leigh were in again, the impressive Beswick bursting through and his pass sent Spencer through. Ridyard again goaled.

In the 26th minute, Ridyard launched a bomb which was allowed to bounce by the Workington defence and the Leigh stand-off was able to regain the ball and bounce over for a try he also converted.

Ridyard created Leigh’s next try, sending out a huge pass to the wing where Jonny Pownall finished well. Ridyard’s fourth goal made it 24-0 to Paul Rowley’s side.

With only two minutes of the half remaining, a well-timed Brierley pass got Adam Higson in at the corner and he produced an acrobatic one-handed finish.

Then as the hooter sounded, Workington kicked ahead and the ball bounced straight to Brierley who sprinted nearly 90 metres to the corner for the try to make it 32-0 at the break.

Workington scored their first try four minutes after the restart when the bust Jarrad Sammut kicked to the corner for Jarrad Stack to collect and score. Sammut also added the extras.

A solid break from Sam Hopkins split open the Workington defence and his pass found Kurt Haggerty in support to finish off. Ridyard added the extras.

The home side scored their second try through Wigan dual reg winger Lewis Tierney in the 65ht minute and Carl Forber added the goal.

But Leigh clocked up the half century with two tries in the last 11 minutes.

Micky Higham ghosted over from close range to score under the posts before turning creator for the game’s final try, firing a short pass to Jake Emmitt who scored under the posts. Ridyard converted both as Leigh gave their points difference a massive boost.

It’s a quick turnaround for Centurions who face Hunslet at the Sports Village on Wednesday.


Leigh: McNally, Higson, Worthington, Pownall, Rydyard, Brierley, Emmitt, Beswick, Hock, Sarsfield, Haggerty, Spencer. Subs: Higham, Hopkins, Goulden, Wilkes

Workington: Murphy, Tierney, Mossop, Thornley, Carter, Doran, Sammut, Walker, Phillips, Shackley, Farrell, Stack, McAvoy. Subs: Forber, Olstrum, Coward, Lloyd

Referee: Jamie Bloem

Pitch: Good

Weather: Overcast

Attendance: 914