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East win first NCL game of season East win first NCL game of season



By Dave Parkinson


After three close losses Leigh East finally won in Kingstone Press National Conference Division Two as they overcame a stubborn Askam at Ledgard Avenue.

Despite having two players dismissed, Askam rallied from 20-10 down to lead 22-20 on the hour.

East made a great start to the game when Jamie Waters, playing in the second row for the first time since his teens, charged onto Adam Holland's pass after Andrew Ball and Pat Rainford had both caused problems. Jordan Hellam couldn't goal but the hosts led 4-0.

It didn't take long for the Cumbrians to claim parity when Mike Jackson finished Sam Broadley's break. Adam Jackson goaled to make it 4-6 and Askam increased their advantage minutes later when Mattt Tyson blasted through on the angle from fifteen metres.

East responded brilliantly and another Ball break took them twenty five metres out. From the play-the-ball Holland called for, and got the ball before slicing through the defence for a great individual try. Hellam goaled to level the game at 10-all.

Wing David Griffiths was sinbinned for a professional foul after 29 minutes and Leigh East did well to keep Askam out.

Next came the visitors ninety seconds of madness when Sam Dowsett was marched for kicking Connor Johnson after 35 minutes  and Tyson followed him for a dangerous tackle. 

Although Leigh East didn't immediate advantage, they did score two quick tries at the start of the second half through Nathan Gaskell and Pat Rainford. A goal from Hellam stretched East's advantage to 20-10.

The visitors revival was sparked by fullback Russell Bolton. He ran in two sparkling tries, goaled by Adam Jackson. Askam led 22-20.

Next came East's three try winning salvo. Rainford went over on the right for his second try to spark it. Next, Holland outfoxed two markers from close range for his second. Then in the last couple of minutes Hellam drifted right to send Gaskell over for his second try. Stand-in full back Hellam completed scoring with his fifth goal and East celebrated the win.

Best for East were Nathan Gaskell, Pat Rainford and Adam Holland with some great support in the middle from Adam Wilkes and Louis Else.



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