18 Sep 2017 in News
BRADFORD DUDLEY HILL 22
LEIGH EAST 6
Leigh East ended their league campaign the way it started with defeat and are now relying on a minor miracle to finish outside the relegation zone.
The team gave everything they had at promotion chasing Bradford Dudley Hill but things were against them from the moment Ryan Gray dropped out of the final warm up with a hamstring injury. Team manager Ryan King was pressed into service as a substitute with Chris Penn stepping off the bench to start at fullback.
Then barely fifteen minutes into the game, Penn himself had to be replaced after picking up a leg injury that meant he could no longer continue.
Spying their chance, the home side scored first after 18 minutes through loose forward Andrew Walker and twice more through a dummy and go by Anthony Huby and a sweeping move into the left corner that saw Daniel Lee touch down before the break. Simon Sewell struck one goal for Dudley Hill to lead 14-0.
The hosts extended their lead twelve minutes into the new half when second row Anthony Lawton held off Worthington to score wide out.
East battled away and eventually responded with a great try just before the hour. The ball was moved to the left edge and Tom Fletcher made initial inroads before handing onto a flying Joshua Aduwumaa who seared away and rounded the fullback from sixty metres, Tom Worthington goaled to make it 18-6
But the hosts grasped control back and made sure of the win when full back Aiden Batey danced across the defence from a scrum and then went around outside for a fine try. Sewell struck the post with his conversion attempt to leave him with just one goal from five attempts.
Defences were on top for the final fifteen minutes before the referees whistle all but confirmed East's relegation to National Conference Division Three.