Leigh 62 – 12 Workington

Leigh Centurions moved into the quarter-finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup with a fluent 11-try victory over League 1 Workington Town at LSV.
 
 Gregg McNally led the way with a hat-trick and Josh Woods collected a 22-point haul from a try and nine goals while Brad Holroyd marked his impressive senior debut with a second half try in front of the North Stand.
 
 Nick Gregson filled in superbly for the injured Martyn Ridyard at stand-off and Gareth Hock got in a good stint either side of the interval on his return to the club.
 
 Head Coach John Duffy said: “We had some positional changes and some lads busted so we had quite a few positional changes today. I thought the lads who played went in and stood up and young Brad was absolutely superb as well. It was a good win and we’ve not got too many injuries out of it.
 
 “Brad’s been training really hard and I’m glad he got his chance to play. He’s been chomping at the bit to play and he’s done really well.
 
 “We want to enjoy the competition. It’s a way of getting to Wembley where the club hasn’t been for many moons and hopefully the draw will be kind to us and we can keep moving forward in the competition.
 
 “Josh Woods took the responsibility with both hands and he had a great game. I thought we may have missed Ridy a bit with his talk but Josh was very good and Nick Gregson was great as well, stepping in at stand-off. I thought he was sensational. It was good to get Gaz Hock some minutes. He’s doubled up on his rehab, put the effort in and showed some great touches.
 
 “We now move on to move on to two massive games against Halifax and Bradford.”
 
 Luke Douglas was the Match Sponsors’ choice as Man of the Match for another towering performance down the middle. “Luke’s been outstanding for us all year and his performances have showed what a great player he is,” Duffy added. “He‘s a magnificent professional, the best I’ve ever worked with and he deserved the recognition today.”
 
 Mitch Cox scored two early tries with great finishes in the right corner and McNally grabbed his first after James Bentley knocked back Woods’s towering kick into his path as Leigh began strongly, opening up an 18-0 lead after 16 minutes.
 
 Sean Penkywicz, one of several Leigh old boys in the Town line-up, showed his class to create a try for another ex-Leyther Danny Tickle but Leigh ended the half in control after Gregson’s startling midfield break set up the supporting Josh Eaves under the posts.
 
 Leigh started the second half in the same way they had begun the first, quickly putting the tie beyond Workington’s reach with aome classy team tries. Great hands by Holroyd, Toby Adamson, Eaves and McNally set up James Bentley before Hock’s offload found the supporting Tom Spencer who sent Woods racing under the posts.
 
 Holroyd’s magic moment followed, a great finish in the left corner from McNally’s assist before McNally scythed over in the opposite corner from Woods’s fine approach play.
 
 Workington responded with a great try of their own, Ryan Fieldhouse and Caine Barnes setting up ex-Centurion Carl Forber for a converted try to reduce the arrears to 46-12.
 
 But Leigh dominated the closing stages as Town were reduced to 12 men with Dec O’Donnell in the sin bin, and added three more tries, Iain Thornley’s fine assist created McNally’s hat-trick before the Centurions fullback repaid the compliment for Thornley’s finish in the left corner. In between those scores Douglas grabbed the try his own efforts deserved, a popularly acclaimed moment for the on-loan Saints prop that the Leigh fans have taken to as one of their own.
 
 Leigh Centurions: Gregg McNally; Mitch Cox, James Bentley, Iain Thornley, Brad Holroyd; Nick Gregson, Josh Woods; Luke Douglas, Micky Higham (capt), Sam Brooks, Toby Adamson, Andy Thornley, Joe Cator.
 Interchange: Josh Eaves, Gareth Hock, Tom Spencer, Jake Emmitt.
 
 Tries: Cox (3, 16), McNally (8, 58, 70), Eaves (39), Bentley (43), Woods (47), Holroyd (52), Douglas (74), I Thornley (80)
 Goals: Woods 9/ 11
 
 Workington Town: Ryan Fieldhouse; Calvin Wellington, Caine Barnes, Tyler Lancaster, Russell Bolton; James Doran, Carl Forber; Steve Scholey, Sean Penkywicz, Sam Hopkins, Sam Hewitt, Gordon Mauldling, Danny Tickle.
 Interchange: Andrew Dawson, Dec O’Donnell, Tom Curwen, Karl Olstrum.
 
 Tries: Tickle (33), Forber (64)
 Goals: Forber 2/ 2
 
 Sin bin: O’Donnell (68) holding down
 
 Referee: Andrew Sweet
 Attendance: 1,660
 Penalty count: 7-5
 Half-time: 24-6
 
 Main Match Sponsor: AB Sundecks
 Associate Match Sponsor: Hilltop Products Ltd
 Match Ball Sponsor: Farmigea Opthalmics
 Digital Programme Sponsor: Estate Agency Signs
 Leigh Centurions Man of the Match: Luke Douglas

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