Leigh boss Rowley hints at changes for Whitehaven clash

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley

THE coaching manual might say you should never change a team.

But Leigh boss Paul Rowley has hinted at at least two changes ahead of Centurions’ clash with Whitehaven at the Sports Village on Sunday.

“I am looking making changes even though we have no major injuries,” said Rowley who has seen his side beat Batley and Barrow by 52 points in the last fortnight.

“I am aware of the quality of players waiting to get into the team and they will get their chance if I think the deserve it.

“We had a reserve team beat Oxford in a friendly last weekend and it was a team packed with quality with the likes of Martin Aspinwall, Steve Maden, Sean Penkywicz and Anthony Bate.

“Personally, I think we need to get away from the under 20s name and talk about the reserves or the A team as it used to be known.”

Rowley says he has spoken to other coaches in the Championship telling them to field as many overage players as they want.

“The A team games used to be a big deal when I was a player. We used to get good crowds at Hilton Park for them and they became part of the supporter’s diary.

“The under 20s name gets a bit confusing and I think we would all benefit from bringing back the reserves.”

As well as Aspinwall, Maden, Penkwicz and Bate Leigh have the likes of Michael Ostick, Andy Thornley and Jonathan Pownall waiting to return to the first team.

There’s a chance some of those could get their chance against Whitehaven.