Rowley relieved as Centurions survive late scare

Leigh's Liam kay is mobbed after scoring against Dewsbury. Photo: Brian King.
Leigh's Liam kay is mobbed after scoring against Dewsbury. Photo: Brian King.

LEIGH boss Paul Rowley was pleased to survive a scare against Dewsbury at the Sports Village this afternoon.

Jonathan Pownall scored twice in the last three minutes as Leigh snatched victory when the game looked like it could be heading for a draw.

It was the 17th consecutive league win for Centurions who remain 10 points clear of second placed Featherstone Rovers at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship.

“Dewsbury are a good team and as we keep drawing attention to ourselves, opponents do a lot of homework on us,” said Rowley.

“I thought Dewsbury asked a lot of questions in attack although we gave them too much ball on occasions. But again we proved we are good enough to get out of scrapes. As the season draws on, we need to be better in the way we execute plays because the opposition will keep getting better too.

“But we are comfortable with that and know we can improve. It was a good game - a bit nervy at the end - and we had to dig deep. But it’s another one ticked off and we remain undefeated in the league.”

Rowley was pleased to welcome back forward Sam Barlow who has not played since suffering a serious head injury against Halifax earlier in the month.

“We have had a bit of an unsettled week with injuries,” he said. “But Kurt Haggerty is back after a ban next week for Sheffield which will boost us. It was Sam Barlow’s first hit out after injury and he was struggling towards the end. But his first stint was all class - he attracts players and is dangerous with the ball. He also has good footwork for a forward.

“We have got some players like Tommy Goulden and Matt Sarsfield who have done a lot of minutes recently and it’d be nice to give them a rest soon.”