Centurions seal Leaders Shield in style

Hat trick: Leigh's Tom Armstrong
Hat trick: Leigh's Tom Armstrong
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Leigh Centurions 48 Featherstone Rovers 18

Leigh Centurions won the Kingstone Press Championship Leaders Shield by thrashing nearest rivals Featherstone Rovers 48-18 at the Sports Village.

Tom Armstrong scored a hat-trick for Paul Rowley’s side who survived a wobble just before half-time before powering home in the second half.

Centurions raced into a 20-0 lead after just 21 minutes thanks to two Armstrong tries and one from Sean Penkywicz. Martyn Ridyard converted all three and kicked two penalties before Featherstone responded with two tries in six minutes from Andy Ellis and Jason Crookes. Gareth Moore added both goals and Leigh’s lead was cut to 20-12. But another Ridyard penalty on half-time kept Centurions two converted scores in front.

Centurions started the second half strongly with Ryan Brierley and Gregg McNally setting up Armstrong for his hat-trick. Ridyard again converted to make it 28-12.

The visitors came back again and scored a third try through Greg Worthington, goaled by Moore to cut the deficit to just 10.

But Leigh were not about to be denied the silverware and finished strongly with further tries from Sam Barlow, Adam Higson and Jamie Acton. Ridyard finished the game with a difficult conversion from touch to leave him with perfect figures of 10 goals from as many attempts, sparking tremendous scenes in the crowd of 3,565.