Leigh Miners 30
Miners Rangers secured a remarkable victory against Egremont in a game which see-sawed in an amazing final few minutes.
Miners Rangers secured a remarkable victory against Egremont in a game which see-sawed in an amazing final few minutes. Trailing 18-10 at the break Miners had dominated the second half to open up a 26-18 lead but then Egremont themselves climbed off the deck to go 28-26 ahead with two minutes to go Pete Bewsher was dragged in touch from the restart and once the dust had settled Miners had the chance to seize a pricelessvictory with Sean McDonald’s last gasp winner.
There was little indication of the drama to come as Miners opened strongly, Andrew Groves intercepting JP Brocklebank’s pass on his own line and scorching away for a tremendous try, beating his winger and filleting Jack Stainton en route. When one winger scores the other isn’t too far behind at Miners at the moment and Andrew Hodson emulated his namesake as he nipped in at the opposite corner as Miners led 10-0.
Egremont came back strongly and bossed the rest of the half as Brocklebank just had the momentum to creep over off Dan Telford’s break, then big Richard Farrer was unstoppable from close range. The 10 minute blitz ended as Pete Bewsher finished off from Paul Corkhill’s pass as Egremont had an 18-10 lead at the break.
Miners though came out strongly in the second half and had an early score as Groves crept over at the flag for his second and as the home side stepped the pace up they were getting on top. Adam Thomason crashed over for a try converted by Jonny Youds as Miners regained the lead and with 10 minutes to go the game appeared won as Scott O’Brien finished off Danny Jackson’s surging break and Youds goaled for 26-18.
Even when Egremont sneaked over for a try for Corkhill it appeared just a consolation but the Cumbrians had other ideas and just minutes later they were back ahead with a scintillating try, the outstanding Leon Crellin releasing Dale Horn on a burst down the touchline to score at the corner and 26-28.
Miners went for the short restart but Bewsher opted to go down the touchline as he took the ball and was bundled into touch. Tempers boiled over, with Bewsher compounding his error as he was sent off alongside Miners’ O’Brien but the Leigh side were awarded the penalty and from the position the ball was moved left as Tony Doyle and Jackson put McDonald bursting in for the winner.
On Saturday the first team continue their defence of the Conference Cup with a second round home tie against Rochdale Mayfield, 2.30pm.
The U18s are at Orrell St James on Sunday in the cup whilst the women’s team have a repeat of the thrilling Plate Final from last season as Brighouse Rangers visit Twist Lane for another cup game, 2pm.