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19th May 2019, 19:58 | summerbash
Leigh Centurions survived a late Widnes Vikings fightback to win the final game of the 2019 Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool.
The Centurions dominated proceedings throughout the first half and early stages of the second however the Vikings did narrow the deficit to just eight points until Gregg McNally’s late try sealed the win for John Duffy’s side.
Both sides kicked penalty goals before Widnes crossed the try-line just before the 20-minute mark. A flowing Vikings move finished with Will Buckley going over in the corner.
But the Centurions would score three unanswered tries before half-time to take control. Toby Adamson went over on a short-ball before Martyn Ridyard did well to get an offload to McNally for the winger to score his first.
Ridyard was again the creator as his low kick was collected by Ryan Brierley to give Leigh a two-try lead at the break. Brierley would grab a second after half-time as Iain Thornley found the onrushing half-back on his shoulder.
James Laithwaite was the next Centurion to barge his way over and make it 30-6 in Leigh’s favour. However, Widnes would begin a fightback with 30 minutes of the game remaining.
Danny Craven stepped his way through the Leigh line before Lloyd Roby burrowed his way under the Centurions defence to score. The Vikings continued to come forward with success as Craven would score his second of the game. Roby’s conversion went wide of the uprights meaning Widnes needed to overturn an eight-point difference in the final ten minutes.
It was Leigh who struck the final blow, however. The moved the ball to the right-hand side and McNally leaped into the corner for his second and the try which gave Leigh the two points.
Leigh Centurions: Martyn Ridyard, Gregg McNally, Iain Thornley, Josh Simm, Stefan Marsh; Ryan Brierley, Josh Woods; Luke Douglas, Micky Higham, Jake Emmitt, Toby Adamson, James Laithwaite, Joe Cator.
Interchanges: Liam Hood, Tom Spencer, Andrew Thornley, Joe Batchelor.
Widnes Vikings: Lloyd Roby, Jayden Hatton, Chris Dean, Keenan Brand, Owen Buckley; Danny Craven, Tom Gilmore; Ted Chapelhow, Jordan Johnstone, James Chapelhow, Sam Wilde, Brad Walker, Joe Cahill.
Interchanges: Harrison Hansen, Josh Ganson, Owen Farnworth, MacGraff Leuluai.