Leigh battle back after after Eagles scare

Tommy Goulden scores for Leigh against Sheffield. Photo: Brian King
Tommy Goulden scores for Leigh against Sheffield. Photo: Brian King
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Leigh Centurions maintained their unblemished record in the Kingstone Press Championship with a 36-22 victory at third-placed Sheffield Eagles.

The Eagles were fast out of the blocks with a Cory Aston try, but Leigh replied through Sam Barlow’s converted effort and led 16-10 at the break after Tommy Goulden and Gregg McNally had crossed.

Sam Barlow of Leigh scores against Sheffield. Photo: Brian King

Sam Barlow of Leigh scores against Sheffield. Photo: Brian King

Martin Ridyard’s boot extended the lead, but McNally was sinbinned to offer Sheffield a route back into the contest at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.

They took it with a Scott Turner try, two Kyle Briggs goals and Quentin Laulu-Togagae’s second touchdown giving them a 22-18 lead with 17 minutes remaining.

But Leigh preserved their unbeaten record with three tries in the final 12 minutes, Jacob Emmitt’s score sandwiched between two efforts from Ryan Brierley and another three goals from Ridyard.

Second-placed Bradford Bulls kept up the pressure on Leigh by sweeping aside London Broncos 28-2 at Provident Stadium.

The Broncos had started the day in fourth place, but they had no answer to the Bulls who managed five tries through Jay Pitts, Adam O’Brien, Lee Gaskell, Chris Ulugia and Etu Uaisele.

Ryan Shaw also landed four goals, with the Broncos’ only response being a Wes Naiqama goal.

Halifax ran in seven tries to thrash Workington Town 38-6 and move into fourth place, the contest over by half-time as the hosts led 28-0.

There were seven different try scorers as Luke Ambler, Rikki Sheriffe, Ben Heaton, James Saltonstall, Dane Manning, Alex Brown and Ben Kaye all crossed, with Scott Murrell adding four goals and James Saltonstall one.

Featherstone Rovers powered back from a 14-0 interval deficit at Batley Bulldogs to win 23-16, Ben Blackmore 2, Reni Maitua and Will Sharp all scoring second-half tries.

Matty Fozzard, Sam Scott and Shaun Ainscough scored for Batley, who stay in eighth place and four points behind Featherstone.

Hunslet Hawks also recovered from a 12-10 half-time deficit to beat Whitehaven 26-18, their five tries coming from Jack Lee, James Duckworth, Mufaro Mvududu, Jimmy Watson and George Flanagan.

Richard Lepori, Rhodri Lloyd and Tyla Hepi claimed Whitehaven’s tries and John Paul Brocklebank was accurate with the boot but they remain one place off the bottom.

Doncaster are still searching for their first win of the season after losing 24-12 at home to Dewsbury Rams.

Sam Doherty and Mike Emmett gave Doncaster hope with first-half tries and they only trailed 14-12 at the break, but Dewsbury eventually ran in five tries with Joel Farrell, Dale Morton, Aaron Brown, Scott Hale and Jason Crookes all crossing to take the Rams into fifth.