NCL: Crosfields 36 Leigh East 6
Crosfields 36 Leigh East 6
By Dave Parkinson
Despite a spirited second half, Leigh East went down to defeat at Crosfields.
The Warrington side made a superb start to the game, continually marching forward into East territory while the visitors struggled to complete their sets, which really didn't give them a chance to play in the right areas.
Home stand off Jack Reid was also in great form, kicking for the corner twice in the first twelve minutes which resulted in two tries for Nathan Taylor. Finally East began to have their moments, but when a Harvey Massey kick again found Taylor, he got a jump on the chasers and went ninety metres to complete his hat-trick. It was 14-0 at this stage and Josh Swift was held up over the line.
Another try soon followed on the half hour when three penalties in quick succession put Crosfield inside East's twenty and second row Jordan Williams hit a fine line to score. Reid converted and his virtuoso first half finished with an individual try and his third goal.
Two big line breaks from Adam Holland deserved better support and East trailed 26-0 at half-time.
To their credit East were much better in the second half, completing and also forcing a couple of back to back possessions, one from a rare kick and chase by Jamie Waters. They kept the pressure on with last tackle options stretching the home defence. David Griffiths saw a try disallowed due to a knock on in the corner after Holland had been held short. Further half breaks continued to trouble Crosfields and East even had the better of play after wing David Griffiths was sinbinned for a professional foul.
Eventually, East did get on the scoreboard when Holland scooped a loose pass up from his boot laces and ran eighty metres to finish with Jordan Hellam goaling. Trailing 26-6, East went in search of more points but despite their efforts it was Crosfields who secured the win with tries from Tom Millington and Tom Brown with Reid kicking his fourth goal on route to a 36-6 victory.
Holland was best for East with honourable mentions for Jordan Hellam and Louis Else while Eddie Rainford and Cameron Coulton also worked hard.