Batley: Bulldogs no match for freescoring Centurions

Shaun Ainscough

Shaun Ainscough

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RYAN Brierley scored a hat-trick as Leigh recorded their 22nd consecutive victory over the last team to beat them at the Sports Village.

Centurions led 18-0 with only six minutes on the clock and continued to add to their lead regularly and by half-time were 38-4 up.

The second half failed to match these dizzy heights but Leigh did manage to pass the half century mark for the fifth time this season and clock up 10 tries against John Kear’s boys.

Batley stemmed the tide with a 16th minute try from former Wigan centre Shaun Ainscough after a kick to the corner.

But the respite was temporary as Leigh scored a further four tries before half-time.

The half ended with Sam Barlow sent to the sin-bin for two high tackles in quick succession.

In comparison the second half was pretty uneventful. Higson scored his second try seven minutes after the restart as he read Brierley’s kick to the corner, Ridyard again adding the goal.

Tries from Andrew Dixon and a second for Pownall took Leigh past the 50-mark before Batley completed the scoring with a try from Matt Fozard with eight minutes remaining.

Leigh ended the game with 12 men after Jake Emmitt was sin-binned for dissent.

Leigh: Pownall, Higson, Worthington, Kay, Ridyard, Brierley, Spencer, Beswick, Hopkins, Dixon, Haggerty, Barlow. Subs: Foster, Acton, Wilkes, Emmitt.

Batley: Morgan, Reittie, Bretherton, Squires, Ainscough, Southernwood, Leak, Hirst, Blake, Hesketh, Mitchell, Day, Chandler. Subs: Fozzard, Lillycrop, Gledhill, Thackray.

Referee: Joe Cobb.

Attendance: 3,036.

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