Leigh Miners Rangers 26 West Hull 10
Just seven days after dropping valuable league points to West Hull, Miners turned the tables in the Challenge Cup first round with a comfortable win against the Humbersiders.
It wasn’t edge-of-the-seat entertainment but it was a very welcome first win of 2011 for the Leigh side, who were in control for the majority of the match. After a tight opening Miners made the breakthrough as Tom Bradbury continued his rich vein of form to cross out-wide from Adam Thomason’s pass as Miners probed down the left, and the lead was doubled not long after when Scott O’Brien put John Woods powering through for 8-0.
Wests fought back and pulled to within two points when Brett Turner kicked high to the left and Jack Ridsdill climbed highest to score, but just before the break the Leigh side had a crucial advantage as they harried Wests on the last tackle, O’Brien charging down Johan Windley’s hasty clearance attempt and then Ross Bradley forcing a further error from fullback Chris Lee as he attempted to tidy up the loose ball, O’Brien profiting for the try.
Miners appeared to be cruising when O’Brien dummied and darted through for his second early in the second half but Wests pulled back to within 10 points as Dave Mankel went in at the corner. Miners though sealed the win on the hour with what proved the final score of the game, Liam Coleman with a classy break and Joe Harrison supporting for the try.
This Saturday the first team are at home against Hull Dockers in a league game, 2.30pm kick off, whilst the second team are also at home against Albert Park, hoping for better fortune after seeing their last two matches fail last minute pitch inspections.
The U18s return to action with a National Cup tie against Queensbury, 1pm kick off at Twist Lane on Sunday January 30.