19 Feb 2018 in News
Leigh East "A" 22 Wigan Spring View 12
By Dave Parkinson
East "A" team played their first game of the year, taking on Wigan Spring View who came to the rescue after original opponents Burtonwood Bridge dropped out. This was part of a well attended double header that also saw the first team take on Hindley in the John Lewis Cup.
In many ways this was a typical first game of the year for both teams.
It was a very scrappy first half hour before East took control.
Darryl Forshaw opened the score for Wigan Spring View from close range and that was improved by Phil Gibson.
It remained 6-0 in the visitors favour for around fifteen minutes before East finally put some constructive play together and Chris Penn trailed the inside of a break to go over by the posts and goal to level matters.
Then just before half-time East struck again when Kyle Carney rose highest to a kick to the corner. The hosts led 10-6 at half-time.
Two East tries in the first ten minutes of the new half decided the game as Nicky Ratcliffe was rewarded for some quick dummy half play with a smart try, converted brilliantly from wide out by Penn.
Then in the fiftieth minute Josh Adudwumaa lit up the game with a brilliant individual try.
Taking possession inside his own half from a scrum, Adudwumaa veered left, bounced off two tacklers, dodged past two more, broke through the attempted challenge of both prop forwards and outpaced another two players to the line. Penn goaled and although Spring View were rewarded with a second try through John Seddon, again goaled by Gibson, it wasn't enough to overcome East.
The "A" Team take on Leigh Miners Rangers "A" this Saturday in the Lloyd Pugsley Memorial trophy. This year, the clash takes place at Twist Lane on Saturday with a 2.30pm start.