NCL: East finish with loss at Askam
LEIGH EAST 28
By Dave Parkinson
Leigh East brought a wretched season to a close with another defeat, but after a first-half horror show, they won the second half.
Askam displayed all their play-off wares during a seven-try first half, only punctuated by the occasional stoppage and East were already 36-0 down before they troubled the scoreboard.
Breaking their duck was Chris Dootson, through a fine try after a looping pass from Danny Griffiths. Adam Holland converted via the upright.
Bolton opened the scoring for the hosts after 6 minutes with scrum-half Adam Jackson, putting over the first of seven goals. Further tries soon followed from Dan Rhodes (2), Jackson and Zac Steel while Tom Wilkinson finished a one-sided first half for the hosts with their seventh try.
The second half brought a determined effort from East with Chris Dootson going in again after an assist from Holland. This time the stand-off couldn't goal and the skipper found himself sin-binned after a clash that also brought a yellow card for Askam's Sam Dowsett.
Zac Nicholls crashed in from close range for Andrew Ball to goal moments later and although Askam centre Steele scored his second following a flick pass inside from Taylor Carter, East finished strongly to bring a disappointing season to a positive end with two more tries.
Cameron Coulton grabbed the first, following a rare kick from Louis Else. Carter was sin-binned for the home side in the aftermath. Then with the last live play of the game, a high kick brought a fine catch from Griffiths and a try for the loose forward and Holland kicked his third goal of the game.
Andrew Ball was named man-of-the-match by Askam with Josh Swift, Griffiths, debutant Jack Ahern, and Zac Nicholls also impressing at points.