19 Aug 2018 in News
SADDLEWORTH RANGERS 60
LEIGH EAST 12
By Dave Parkinson
Short-handed Leigh East toiled and battled at Saddleworth but Rangers proved far too good on the day, running in ten tries.
East made a good start to the game with Adam Holland forcing a drop out from kick-off and within the first six tackles Matty Rudd slipped a tackle to surge over the line for fifteen metres. Holland goaled but Saddleworth hit straight back when Lancashire representative Adam Jeffrey went in for the first of two tries.
Moments later veteran Chris Hough scored from close range and when Gavin Morgan went under the posts after 24 minutes, the hosts led 18-6.
East were defiant with Marcus Mercer and Andrew Ball amongst their best, but further tries from Sam Shaw and Danny Bowker stretched the Saddleworth advantage out to 30-6.
The visitors, who could only name 16 players were caught on the hop at the start of the second half when Jeffrey carved through and raced 70 metres.
East then had their best spell of the game and pressured their hosts. This resulted in Saddleworth losing the ball behind their goal line and Chris Hamer pounced for his first try of the season. Holland nudged over his second goal.
Leigh East remained competitive for much of the third quarter before Saddleworth ran away in the last twenty minutes, scoring further tries from Gavin Dodd, Morgan, Jay Taylor and Josh Bradbury, who also landed ten goals in total.