Leigh Centurions at full strength for cup clash

Leigh Centurions head to Featherstone Rovers in the Northern Rail Cup this Sunday, with coach Paul Rowley set to field his strongest side of the season.

“Only Martin Aspinwall and Adam Higson are unavailable – as they have been for some time,” said Rowley. “So with everyone else available that gives us the ideal opportunity to field arguably our strongest team of the season.”

The Centurions were without a game last weekend because it was the Challenge Cup fifth round, but that week off has given the players an opportunity to recharge their batteries after impressive back-to-back wins against Batley Bulldogs and York City Knights.

“We took a bit of battering at York despite picking up a big win,” added Paul. “So the opportunity to nurse the bruise was welcome. But now it is Cup action and a trip to Featherstone is never easy.”

Leigh lost at the Bigfellas Stadium (Post Office Road) 38-6 on the opening day of the season. But they now head across the Pennines with Rowley quietly confident his side can come up trumps when the game kicks off at 3pm on Sunday. I would like to think we have improved a great deal on that opening day performance,” he stated. “And this game will be a good measure on how far we have come. Featherstone are a very, very good side, but we will, as always, concentrate on ourselves; concentrate on doing what we do best correctly and then taking it from there.”