Leigh 52 – 20 Bradford

Leigh Centurions signed off in style before the pitch renovations at Leigh Sports Village, running up a half-century against the Bulls in this Betfred Championship game streamed live on the Our League app.

Martyn Ridyard carried off the Man of the Match award by kicking ten goals from 12 attempts but the accolade could have gone to at least half a dozen players after an outstanding team performance.

Ridyard’s halfback partnership with Josh Woods was pivotal to the eye-catching display with Gregg McNally, Iain Thornley and Liam Forsyth each scoring braces.

Matty Costello and Andy Thornley also crossed as Jordan Thompson marked his second Leigh debut with a fine show off the bench.

Head coach John Duffy said: “We backed up our good performance against Halifax and that was really pleasing. We had to survive two spells of ten minutes with 12 men with players in the sin bin so that made it extra special.

“The forwards laid the foundation and I thought Luke Douglas and Joe Cator were particularly outstanding. The two hookers did well and Josh Woods is growing in stature each week.

“We have extra cutting edge out wide since Liam joined us and Matty Costello came in and did a great job for us again. Gregg and Iain really benefitted from the service they received and it was a clinical performance on Father’s Day.

“The players went out with their kids before the game and we had bucket collections for Action for Alfie and Rosey McNally’s charity Two Hips and One Knee which shows just what a family club we are and what a great sport Rugby League is.”

Leigh led 22-8 at the interval, McNally’s length-of-the-field breakaway try just before the hooter giving his side a huge boost.

The Bulls closed the gap to eight points with George Flanagan’s try while McNally was in the sin bin before Leigh dominated the last half hour with some superb football attacking the North Stand.

“The support was fantastic again today,” Duffy said. “We need as many of our fans as possible to travel with us on the road for the next five games as we strive to continue the momentum.”

Leigh Centurions: Gregg McNally; Matty Costello, Liam Forsyth, Iain Thornley, Stefan Marsh; Martyn Ridyard, Josh Woods; Luke Douglas, Micky Higham, Sam Brooks, Joe Batchelor, Andy Thornley, Joe Cator.
Interchange: Liam Hood, Jordan Thompson, Gareth Hock, Luke Adamson.

Tries: I Thornley (10, 80), Costello (20), McNally (40, 66), A Thornley (57), Forsyth (73, 78)
Goals: Ridyard 10/ 12
Sin bin: Brooks (14), McNally (44)

Bradford Bulls: Ethan Ryan; David Foggin-Johnson, Ross Oakes, Ashley Gibson, Dalton Grant; Matty Wildie, Jordan Lilley; Liam Kirk, Sam Hallas, Steve Crossley, Matty Garside, Matthew Storton, Elliot Minichella.
Interchange: George Flanagan, Joe Magrin, Mikey Wood, Ross Peltier.

Tries: Wildie (29), Flanagan (50), Storton (79)
Goals: Lilley 4/4

Referee: Ben Thaler
Attendance: 4,180
Penalty count: 9-10
Half-time: 22-8

Main Match Sponsor: Cloud 4 Computers
Match Ball Sponsor: M Logan & Sons
Digital Programme Sponsor: Farmigea Opthalmics
Man of the Match: Martyn Ridyard
Match Mascot: Alfie Sales

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