EASTMOOR DRAGONS 18
LEIGH EAST 54
By Dave Parkinson
Leigh East finished the season on a winning note, running ten tries past Eastmoor on their home turf.
The visitors made an electric start when Keiron Wilkinson raced away from a scrum twenty metres from his own line after taking a pass from Kieron Prescott. The scrum-half then had the presence of mind to slow and step around a couple of chasers before scoring at the corner. The first of seven goals from the youngster made it 6-0 before Eastmoor ran in three tries of their own - Tom Joyce, from a Michael Jedynak kick, Kyle Hammond who raced over and Shaun Upson touching down to give the Dragons a 12-6 lead.
Adam Holland and Wilkinson combined for Prescott to get over on the left for the first of his hat-trick and when Andrew Ball broke from the scrum and raced over for Wilkinson to nudge over his third goal, East led 18-12 at half-time.
Three minutes into the second half a reverse pass and strength from Zac Nicholls saw the forward crash over to make it 22-12. This started a scoring flurry. Ball split the defence from dummy half again and found Prescott racing u in support to canter to the posts. A weaving run from the hooker brought Ball his second try and there was no stopping Wilkinson when he went through from 45 metres at dummy half. East now led 38-12 before an inventive chip by the Dragons was palmed on for Hammond to run clear for his second try. Ady Mulcahy goaled but East finished strongly with three more tries.
First a clever run and change of direction took Cobyn Fletcher to the line before Wilkinson kicked ahead from a scrum deep inside his own half and sped downfield to collect and sear to the posts for his hat-trick - goaling to make it 50-18, and there was still time near the end for Ball to split the defence with a pass and Wilkinson stepped and ran to the posts for his third.
Wilkinson was voted man-of-the-match for his 26-point haul, with Prescott's hat-trick worthy of mention and the efforts of fellow youngsters Ben Whorton, Fletcher, Connor Grainey and debutant Ethan Hill supporting the rest to ensure a winning end to the season.