Hull FC marked their first appearance at LSV with a vital victory after twice conceding over 50 points in losing their last two Betfred Super League games.
Leigh’s patched-up side competed spiritedly and finished the game strongly but the game was won and lost in an eleven minute spell during the first half.
After a scoreless opening 18 minutes the visitors posted quick-fire tries from prop Liam Watts, Carlos Tuimavave and Albert Kelly with Mark Sneyd tagging on all three conversions.
Tuimavave, nephew of former Leigh player Paddy finished off a flowing move for his side’s fourth six-pointer to effectively settle the issue early in the second half.
But the tireless Liam Hood, playing long minutes after captain Micky Higham suffered a hamstring strain pulled back a try his efforts deserved. And Ryan Hampshire added another in the corner as the Centurions finally turned possession and territory into points.
Injuries to Higham and Josh Drinkwater compounded the problems for Leigh Centurions Head Coach Neil Jukes, already without a host of regulars through injury.
“We are in a better place than we were this time last year,” Jukes said. “It was never going to be a quick process and we won’t be feeling sorry for ourselves.
“We will be doing everything we can as players and staff to work hard and get better. The fans understand that and they were brilliant again for us today.
“We’ve had two tough games in four days and just come up short. We will have a big injury clinic tomorrow and the physios will be working hard. But we will have 17 guys ready to go at it again on Saturday.”
Jukes added: ” I thought we were always in the game and created enough chances but couldn’t get the ball down.
“Defensively I was disappointed with the tries Hull scored. We ticked a lot of boxes for working hard but we have to get a lot tighter in certain areas of our game.
“We need to get a little bit better across the board. We are probably at our peak in terms of being busted but I still fancied us with the side we got out there.
“We are not a million miles away but we lacked quality as and when we needed it.”
Ben Crooks won the Sponsors MOTM Award against his former club with Hood, Hampshire and Matty Dawson other Leigh stand-outs.
David Thompson made his Centurions debut on the left-wing, earning Heritage Number #1428.
Leigh Centurions face Hull Kingston Rovers at LSV on Saturday in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a 3pm kick-off before returning to Betfred Super League action at St Helens.
Hull FC Head Coach Lee Radford said: “I thought we did a really good job today. We defended well when Leigh had sustained spells of pressure and the win gives us something to build on.”
Leigh Centurions: Gregg McNally; Ryan Hampshire, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson; David Thompson; Ben Reynolds, Josh Drinkwater; James Green, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Atelea Vea, Glenn Stewart, Harrison Hansen.
Interchange: Micky Higham (captain), Dayne Weston, Danny Tickle, Lachlan Burr.
Tries: Hood (64), Hampshire (73)
Goals: Reynolds 1/ 2
Hull FC: Jamie Shaul; Make Fonua, Jake Connor, Carlos Tuimavave, Steve Michaels; Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd; Scott Taylor, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts, Sika Manu, Mark Minichiello, Jordan Thompson.
Interchange: Gareth Ellis (captain), Jansin Turgut, Brad Fash, Jez Litten.
Tries: Watts (18) Tuimavave (23, 52), Kelly (28)
Goals: Sneyd 4/ 4
Referee: Gareth Hewer;
Main Match Sponsor: The Raven Inn
Associate Sponsor: Padken Steel Erectors
Match Ball Sponsor: Balmer Wilcock
Programme Sponsors: The Railway and lovemygardenfurniture.co.uk
Leigh Centurions Man of the Match: Ben Crooks