Rowley happy to win ugly on a day of celebration for Leigh

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
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LEIGH boss Paul Rowley described his side’s error strewn 22-12 victory over Workington as “ugly” but was still happy to take the three points.

With the Kingstone Press Championship Leaders Shield already secured, Centurions rarely hit the heights against a Workington side who enjoyed plenty of possession without creating many clear chances.

“I suppose everyone’s happy” said Rowley. “We got the three points and they got a bonus point which they wanted but it’s not a game we will remember for long.

“We weren’t great but did enough - it was probably the ugliest game we’ve played all season. I thought we had a poor shape and it was hard for the fans to engage in the game because it was so slow.

“I thought we saw two poor teams and poor officiating.”

The game was the centrepiece of the club’s Heritage Day which included a parade of local children and more than a hundred former Leigh stars in attendance with their families. The day was organised to mark the launch of the club’s Heritage Numbers which have been painstaking compiled over many years by author and Leigh fan Mike Latham.

Many former greats joined a half-time lap of honour with Tommy Sale receiving a standing ovation as the oldest surviving former Leigh player. Members of the 1971 Challenge Cup winning team were introduced to the crowd including full-back David Eckersley who flew in from his home in Australia just to be part of the celebrations. Player coach that day Alex Murphy was there along with fellow Wembley winners Paul Grimes, Rod Tickle, Kevin Ashcroft and Stuart Ferguson.

“It was nice to see the children here and the past players,” said Rowley. “There was a good atmosphere around the stadium and I felt very proud to be part of it. We had another healthy crowd of nearly 3,500 which shows what a big club we are.”