MATCH REPORT: Leigh Centurions 58-6 Workington Town

A 13 try victory at Leigh Sports Village saw Leigh Centurions defeat Workington Town 58-6 in the Betfred Championship.

First Half

It only took three minutes for Blake Ferguson to get his account going for Leigh, as a fantastic move from left to right ended with Aekins running through a gap before sending Ferguson down the side to open the scoring.

Just prior to the ten minute and Ferguson was at it again, breaking through the middle after avoiding three defenders. After being brought down by Broadbent, a quick play of the ball found Sam Stone who passed on to Ed Chamberlain. Our centre did the rest and got our second of the afternoon with supreme class and ease.

After making a lot of intense pressure count, we set up for a passing move left to right, with Aekins throwing a wonderful pass out the back to the onrushing Ferguson who waltzed in for his second of the afternoon.

A minute prior to the halfway stage of the first period Krisnan Inu stormed down the left flank, following a pass from Aekins yet again, to go over in the corner.

Our fifth try came as Joe Mellor switched the play with a booming pass to Ben Reynolds. The Centurions number six put a grubber in, looking for Kai O’Donnell, who got there ahead of Young to ground the ball.

Moments prior to the half hour mark and Ferguson had secured his hat-trick. Ed Chamberlain offloaded out the back to Mellor who passed over the top to Ferguson to touch down for his third with superb flair.

A few phases of play passed before Workington knocked on and the ball was picked up by O’Donnell. He passed on to Nene Macdonald who stormed over for our seventh of the afternoon.

The visitors got a couple of set restarts and made the most of it two minutes before the break. Barnes crashed over for Workington’s first of the game.

Half Time – Leigh Centurions 30-6 Workington Town

Second Half

Two minutes after the restart and Leigh ran it in on the last as Macdonald stepped two would be defenders to touchdown for his second of the game.

With half an hour to go in the game, Ben Reynolds utilised the dummy run of Macdonald to pass out the back to the onrushing O’Donnell who slid in for his second of the match.

The hour mark was on the horizon as Macdonald looked to be wrapped up in the tackle but managed to smuggle the ball away to Keanan Brand. He ran through a hole before firing the pass to Inu for his second of the game.

Twenty minutes remained as Ferguson provided the assist of the night as the Centurions winger plucked the ball out the air, bumped off Clegg before offloading to Chamberlain. The Ireland international ran 90m to score in-front of the North Stand.

Another try followed as a pass over the top from Ipape gave Ferguson a walk in for his fourth on his debut – completed with a signature backflip.

To finish it off in style, Ferguson picked up a grubber and offloaded to Ipape. Ipape drew in Broadbent before sending Mellor racing down the wing to touch down for the final try of the afternoon.

Full-Time: Leigh Centurions 58-6 Workington Town

Leigh Centurions: Aekins, Inu, Macdonald, Chamberlain, Ferguson, Reynolds, Mellor (C), Amone, Smith, Ioane, O’Donnell, Stone, Asiata.

Interchange: Hingano, Ipape, Brand, Jones.

Tries: Ferguson (4), Chamberlain (2), Inu (2), O’Donnell (2), Macdonald (2), Mellor.

Goals: Inu (3)

Sin Bin:

Workington Town: Broadbent, Young, Bickerdike, Tate, Clegg, Thomas, Walker, Thomson, Craig Davies, Weetman, Wilkinson, Barnes, Connor Davies.

Interchange: Henson, Hutchings, O’Brien, Riley.

Tries: Barnes.

Goals: Thomas.

Sin Bin:

Attendance: 2459

TICKET INFORMATION: Halifax Panthers (H) 05.06.22

Match tickets for Leigh Centurions’ Betfred Championship fixture at home to Halifax Panthers on Sunday 5th June 2022 (3.00pm kick off) are on sale now.

Supporters can pre-purchase their tickets online at www.leightickets.co.uk and can select the ‘e-ticket’ delivery option which sees your ticket delivered directly to you by e-mail. This can then either be scanned directly at the turnstiles on a compatible smartphone or alternatively, you can print at home before travelling to the stadium. Tickets are also available in person at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium Ticket Office or by calling 01942 487888. Postal options are available for online and telephone sales at a cost of 85p per booking until 4pm on Tuesday 31st May 2022.

Tickets for this fixture will be available in North Stand (terracing behind the posts) and Kingstone Press West Stand (reserved seating along the touchline). Halifax Panthers supporters have been allocated Blocks A-C in the Kingstone Press West Stand and can purchase tickets via their own club or the avenues above.

Hospitality packages are available in our exclusive Premier Club for this fixture, with special discounts available for existing season ticket holders. For further details, call 01942 487896.

Leigh Centurions vs Halifax Panthers Ticket Prices
North Stand
(standing)
West (Blocks C-J)
(reserved seating)
Visitors (West A-C)
(unreserved seating)
Adult £23.00 £23.00 £23.00
Over 65 years £17.00 £17.00 £17.00
18-21 years £17.00 £17.00 £17.00
12-17 years £7.00 £7.00 £7.00
5-11 years £5.00 £5.00 £5.00
Under 5 years Free of charge Free of charge Free of charge

 

If you wish to purchase ambulant disabled or wheelchair disabled tickets, you can do so directly through the Ticket Office. These are priced according to the relevant category above, with a complimentary ticket provided for a carer. Please be aware that appropriate proof of disability may be requested and will need to be registered with the Ticket Office.

SQUAD NEWS: Workington Town (H) 22.05.22

Head Coach Adrian Lam has named a 21 man squad for Sunday’s Betfred Championship home clash against Workington Town at Leigh Sports Village, 3pm kick-off.

Winger Blake Ferguson is set to make his debut this weekend, after joining the Centurions in April.

Tickets for this one are still available to purchase – you can either purchase them online by clicking here or ringing 01942 487888.

The matchday squad is as follows:

1. Caleb Aekins – sponsored by CatonLloyd Audio Visual Solutions Ltd.

3. Keanan Brand – sponsored by Homes Together Ltd.

4. Nene Macdonald – sponsored by PPS Design + Build Ltd.

5. Tom Nisbet – sponsored by Bents Garden Centre Ltd.

6. Ben Reynolds – sponsored by AB Sundecks.

7. Joe Mellor (capt.) – sponsored by RM Couriers.

8. Adam Sidlow (capt.) – sponsored by A.D.S. Marquees.

9. Aaron Smith – sponsored by Ask Platt Office Supplies Ltd.

10. Mark Ioane – sponsored by HyrdaMed (Farmigea)

11. Joe Wardle – sponsored by Elvis Eckardt Recruitment & Sales Ltd.

12. Sam Stone – sponsored by ADW Electrical and EV Ltd.

13. Tom Amone – sponsored by Homes Together Ltd.

15. Ata Hingano – sponsored by L.I.S.A.

16. Ed Chamberlain – sponsored by Cloud 4 Computers Ltd.

17. Jacob Jones – sponsored by CDA Business Services Ltd.

18. John Asiata – sponsored by The Centurion Pub.

19. Luis Roberts – sponsored by The Bridge Leigh.

21. Edwin Ipape – sponsored by Leigh Fans.

23. Krisnan Inu – sponsored by Impact Insurance.

24. Kai O’Donnell – sponsored by Paul Lester Transport Ltd.

26. Blake Ferguson – sponsored by Homes Together Ltd.

REF WATCH: James Vella to lead officials for the Centurions match with Workington Town

Referee James Vella will be leading the officiating team for Leigh Centurions’ Betfred Championship Round 12 meeting with Workington Town at Leigh Sports Village this Sunday, 3:00pm kick-off.

Vella was last in charge of a Leigh fixture on March 8th 2020, when the Centurions came out 34-20 victors over the Halifax Panthers at Leigh Sports Village.

The full officials list for Sunday’s game is as follows:

Referee: James Vella

Reserve Referee: Jake Butcher

Touch Judge 1: John McMullen

Touch Judge 2: Ellis McCarthy

Timekeeper: Keith Leyland/Bob Connelly

Comms Engineer: Matt James

MATCH REPORT: Batley Bulldogs 0-52 Leigh Centurions

A nine-try night under the lights, including a Keanan Brand hat-trick, saw Leigh Centurions defeat Batley Bulldogs at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

First Half

Leigh were inches away from having the first try four minutes into the evening clash, with Krisnan Inu going over the line but was unable to keep hold of the ball.

Just prior to the ten minute mark and Inu was in again, as the New Zealander gets onto the end of a Ben Reynolds’ kick, but referee Ben Thaler adjudged him to be offside.

Midway through the first period and a wonderful sweeping move from left to right ended with a three on two in the Centurions favour. Chamberlain drew Campbell in and Brand slided in for the games first points. Krisnan Inu made a tough kick first up this evening! (1/1)

Within minutes, Brand had back to back tries. Another excellent move from left to right saw Caleb Aekins throw a cut out ball to our number three to slide in for his second of the night! Inu made yet another conversion. (2/2)

Over the halfway we headed and Aaron Smith got a kick play of the ball on the Batley try line and dove over himself for our third within 10 minutes. Inu stayed 100% with his kicking. (3/3)

Past the hour hour mark we headed and Brand went in after another sweeping left to right move for his third in under 20 minutes! Inu could not covert the kick to keep perfect. (3/4)

Two minutes were left in the half when Papua New Guinean Edwin Ipape goes from the rook himself and showed his power to get the ball down with two defenders all over him. Inu made the kick that ended up with the Centurions taking a 28 point lead into the break. (4/5)

Half Time – Batley Bulldogs 0-28 Leigh Centurions

Second Half

Following the break, the game turned into a scrappy affair, with both sides exchanging spells of possession without getting over the try line.

It wasn’t until 25 minutes to go that Batley’s Ben Kaye thought he’d scored the home side’s first try, but a superb defensive effort from returning Mark Ioane saw that chance dispelled as he got underneath the ball.

This was quickly followed by a wonderful line from Tom Amone that saw him break through the Batley defence – Joe Mellor wass on his inside supporting and raced away to extend the Centurions’ lead. Inu took his kicking to (5/6) in front of the posts..

Just prior to the hour mark and Ben Reynolds dummied and looked to be diving over himself but is held back. Joe Wardle was on his shoulder to take a pass and fall over the line. Inu made no mistake with his kicking. (6/7)

With ten minutes to spare, Leigh were in again as the ball came to the left from the scrum, Chamberlain drew the defenders in before getting the ball to Krisnan Inu who slid into the corner. Inu took his tally to 7/8 with a completed conversion.

As the game began to peter out, Ipape turned into a machine as he found a hole by the ruck and he raced away from 40m out to dive under the posts in front of the travelling Leigh supporters. Inu made the easy kick. (8/9)

Full-Time Batley Bulldogs 52-0 Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions: Aekins, Inu, Macdonald, Chamberlain, Brand, Reynolds, Mellor (C), Sidlow (C), Smith, Amone, Wardle, Stone, Asiata.

Interchange: Ioane, O’Donnell, Nakabuwai, Ipape.

Tries: Brand (3), Smith, Ipape (2), Mellor, Wardle, Inu.

Goals: Inu (8).

Sin Bin: None

Batley Bulldogs: Hooley, Johnson, Hodson, Buchanan, Campbell, White, Gilmore, Gledhill, Kaye, Reilly, Manning, Senior, Blake.

Interchange: Whiteley, Ward, Brown, Meadows.

Tries: None

Goals: None

Sin Bin: None

Attendance: N/A

R.I.P Terry Gorman

Leigh Centurions are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Gorman, aged 84.

Leigh-born Terry had a long and distinguished career in the game as a scrumhalf with Huddersfield, Batley and Oldham. He played one game for Leigh in April 1962 on loan from Huddersfield, earning Heritage Number HN#706.

During his time at Batley in the late 1960s he introduced several Leigh amateur players to the professional game including Tommy Martyn senior, Stan Gittins, John Cooke and our long serving apparel manager Frank Taylor.

“Terry was A team coach at Batley at the time as well as playing for the first team,” Frank recalled. “He took a carload of Leigh lads over and they were happy times.

“In many ways Terry was ahead of his time with his training and fitness ideas and as a player he was a good ‘un. I can’t speak too highly of him. I worked with him at BICC too, and I loved him to bits.

“He also had a big impact with the rugby union team at Anchor Cables and in no time transformed the club from having one team of veterans to four teams and a Colts team. Our pitch was where Leigh Sports Village is now.”

Terry had a three-year stint as player-coach to Huyton in the mid-1970s and on one occasion then RFL CEO David Oxley came along to Alt Park to present him with a long service award to Rugby League.

He moved on from Huyton to coach Swinton and was highly regarded throughout the professional and community game for his knowledge and personality.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends at this time.