Winnington Park 8 Leigh 25
WINNINGTON failed to do themselves justice at Burrow’s Hill on Saturday.
They had good spells of pressure, but could not create chances.
For instance, they kept possession for the first seven minutes before giving up the ball. Within three sprints and two passes Leigh had scored. They added the conversion.
Leigh had wind advantage and, though they repulsed good thrusts from Will Burgess and Harry Stubbs, they struggled to establish any kind of attacking pattern.
Park refused the easy option of at least 12 points from penalties - something they were regret later - such was their superiority at this stage.
Leigh added a penalty to their score before half time leaving Winnington ten points adrift but with the elements in their favour for the second half.
For the first 15 minutes after the reak Park were camped in ther Leigh half, agains without reward.
By this time the penalties into corners were holding no advantage as Leigh won most of the line-outs and Park’s
Fitter, Leigh scored two more tries and dominated until former captain Matthew Dodd came on with 20 minutes to go after serving a six week ban, replacing Stubbs, playing after a three month absence with a broken hand.
Dodd added to Parks forward momentum resulting in a Burgess try converted by Ben Elliot. Leigh added another try before the end, however.
Bowdon 2nds 12 Winnington 2nds 17
In marshy conditions Winnington’s increasingly younger side spent most of the first 20 minutes encamped in their own half. Some excellent defensive work and the mud ensured that the line was never crossed as Parks side grew in confidence.
From this platform try scorer Matthew Cross and kicker Gavin Kay gave them a seven point lead at the break.
Bowdon levelled staright after the resumption, but Craig Lamb skipped away from the back of a scrum and broke down the unoccupied blindside to score in the corner and Terry Jones crossed the line with a quick tap penalty.