20 May 2018 in News
LEIGH EAST 16
DEWSBURY MOOR MAROONS 24
By Dave Parkinson
A late try broke Leigh East hearts as they suffered defeat to Dewsbury Moor Maroons.
The visitors started the game brightly and after an early East error took full advantage with hooker Archie Bruce diving to the line from dummy half. Influential halfback Aiden Ineson kicked the first of four goals and the Maroons were 6-0 to the good.
Dewsbury Moor continued to dominate the next fifteen minutes with only some great defence both in the middle and out wide holding them at bay. Leigh East lost the services of Pat Rainford early on with Jordan Hellam moving from fullback to hooker with great effect.
The hosts then had a purple patch themselves, playing the ball quickly and making good metres through the likes of Josh Swift and Jay Yarwood. This was eventually rewarded when a backline move brought a try for Ryan Gray. Hellam goaled and the game was level.
On a warm day things became heated in the middle of the field with both teams clashing and the Maroons had James Etherley sinbinned before half-time for dissent. East took full advantage with Tom Worthington getting a hand free to send Swift over in the corner. It gave Leigh East a 10-6 half-time lead and they made much the better start to the new half, scoring first points. Swift again caused problems as East went down a short blindside and the winger powered forty metres before kicking on for Gray to collect his second try of the game. Hellam's second goal put East 16-6 in front.
Within four minutes the visitors pulled a try back with Ineson's change of pace and direction outfoxing the defence. It was a fine individual try from ten metres. His conversion made it 16-12 and the game was back in the melting pot.
East Skipper Adam Holland talked himself into a yellow card just after the hour and Dewsbury Moor immediately took advantage with a try from their next possession. East just about got to grips with winger Jordan McNally before he cleverly offloaded for supporting fullback, Jordan Foster, to glide over. Ineson nudged the visitors in front, 16-18.
Both sides continued to toil before the game breaking play saw Archie Bruce head for the line. Leigh East held him up but an offload was supported by Connor Vickers who plunged over for the clincher with Ineson completing the scoring with the goal.
Hellam was best for East, receiving good support from Gray, Swift and a whole hearted effort from Adam Wilkes, while Ineson sparkled on the back of an immense pack performance from second row Peter Robinson and prop Connor Gavanaghan for Dewsbury Moor.