In an entertaining keenly contested match Leigh came out victors with an emphatic 32-0 win over Cumbrian Side Howcoat Park.
The visitors who thus far had been unbeaten showed that they meant business when sustained pressure kept Leigh on the back foot. From a break down near Leigh’s try line Wilkinson opened the visitors defence to surge down the left flank followed by a clever kick which wrong footed the defence to allow winger Olly Shepherd to gather and score under the sticks. This was converted by Drake on the 17th minute. Late in the first half Leigh were reduced to 14 men when their ‘bearded’ back row player received a yellow card. Back came Howcoat but to no avail, strong tackling by the whole of the Leigh outfit kept their line intact.
Commencing the second period, Leigh, with 14 men on the field kept the visitors pinned in their own half and It was only a matter of time before this pressure was turned into points, resulting in two converted penalties. At this stage of the game Leigh looked well in charge, good running and ball retention with Millard leading the way had the Park defence at sixes and sevens. Prop forward Newton got on the score sheet with a seven pointer this was quickly followed by veteran scrum half Dave Woods outstripping the defence to score a well deserved try.
The bonus point was added in the dying seconds of the match when great hands by the Leigh three quarters, moving the ball at speed gave Shepherd room to show his class, racing down the wing outstripping the defence to put Wilkinson in behind the sticks.