On Bank Holiday Monday, Leigh East second team hosted the inaugural war of the roses final down at Ledgard Avenue. After beating Bank Quay Bulls in the north west final they were then drawn to host the overall final against Bradford Dudley Hill who had defeated York Acorn in the Yorkshire final.
The opening try of the game came as good vision from Safraz Jama saw him find space behind the ruck before tipping the ball onto Mick Redford who was four yards away from the line and the offload to Ben Horan saw him go under the post.
Leigh East then got on top of the Dudley Hill side once again and Safraz Jama found Carl Green and he then put Liam Rowson through a gap on the half way line and after beating 3 would be tacklers placed the ball underneath the posts. Dudley Hill then got on the score sheet after a well worked move behind the ruck got them over the line. East added there next try with a great solo effort from Safraz Jama once again finding space behind the ruck and busting through a 2 man tackle to touchdown. East then added a four pass try that saw them go from touchline to touchline and Ben Horan got his 2nd of the game before Dale Allred got in on the action with a quick fire double, the first finishing off a Damon Fishwick Break, going over in the corner and the 2nd breaking out of 2 tackles to go under the posts.
Liam Rowson carried on East Fine Form by grabbing his 2nd try before Ryan Peters chipped over and Mick Redford Finished off his second try in brilliant style by grounding the ball mid somersault, He then grabbed his hat trick try just after half time with Carl Green braking 10 meters outside Dudley Hills half before passing the ball to Damon Fishwick and he handed the ball on to Redford to go under the posts untouched.
Mark Fryer got in on scoring next after good work from Carl Green coming back on the inside and the big front rower took two men over the tryline. Bradford Dudley Hill got the final score of the game with a play from right to left and a bit of scrappy defending from East saw them go over in the left hand corner.
Leigh East were well deserved winners and a performance that saw them dominate from start to finish. On Saturday the seconds continued in high scoring form in the league with a 50-10 win against Rochdale Cobras.
The first team struggled over the bank holiday weekend, with practically all the team away at a wedding, assistant coach Paul Anderson took to the field with eight of the under 18’s squad. The lads put in a good performance but went down 26-12 to Oulton Raiders, East tries from Jermaine Allen and Tommy Gaughan. Last Friday a full strength squad played against high flying Ince Rose Bridge in a fast and exciting game, East losing 20-10, tries from Andrew Groves and Alex Robson.
This Saturday East reach the half way mark in the season with a home fixture against Skirlaugh, K.O. 2:30. East seconds are also at home against Roose Pioneers.
On Sunday the U18’s face Saddleworth Rangers K.O. 1:30.