Leigh Centurions 22 Workington Town 12

Ryan Brierley scored his 38th try of the season

Ryan Brierley scored his 38th try of the season

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LEIGH Centurions notched another win on their Kingstone Press Championship campaign with a four tries-to-two victory over Workington.

Off the field, the day was a resounding success as a host of former players paraded around the pitch in addition to representation from many local clubs which swelled the gate beyond 3,300.

On the field, the Cumbrians made things difficult for their hosts.

The opening five minutes belonged to Town and even though Leigh snared an early advantage when Ryan Brierley dashed over from Sam Hopkins' pass, Workington were never far away.

Former Centurion Carl Forber brought them level with a self-converted try and the sides went at it hammer and tongues for the remainder of the first half before two tries in seven minutes put Leigh 10 points clear.

First, Adam Higson finished well at the right corner after an acrobatic pass from Kurt Haggerty and then, with the seconds ticking down, Leigh attacked from a scrum with Gregg McNally working an overlap for Liam Kay to score on the left.

A sharp shower at half-time made handling difficult and both sides lost their way at times after the break.

Crucially, Leigh claimed the first score of the second period after 56 minutes when Martyn Ridyard created space for Brierley to add his 38th try of the season.

Ridyard kicked his third goal and Leigh led 22-6.

Injuries further hampered the Leigh performance as both McNally and Aspinwall were forced out of the action.

The tackle on McNally was put on report and Workington battled to score a second try of their own when a bobbling kick was controlled and grounded by Jason Mossop for Forber to nudge home the conversion and hand Town the bonus point they needed to secure their place in the Championship next term.

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