Match report: Leigh Centurions v Batley Bulldogs

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BATLEY BULLDOGS gave a good account of themselves in the top-of-the-table Championship clash, but Leigh Centurions just had the edge.

The first half saw much bluster and effort from the Bulldogs and they had their best spell in the last six minutes of the first half when they forced three back-to-back sets against the Centurions.

Dane Manning and Dave Tootill both made halfbreaks, but Batley could not come up with an end product despite the best promptings of Paul Handforth and George Flanagan.

By that stage, Leigh had scored three tries. They opened scoring after four minutes when a ball down the right saw Matty Blythe just reach the line and Leigh doubled their advantage after 18 minutes when Stuart Donlan spun over.

A further score from Jamie Ellis and third goal from Mick Nanyn made it 18-0 and for Nanyn, it took him above Jimmy Ledgard in the RL points scoring history books.

The second half saw Batley defend well before Donlon crossed again before the visitors hit back when Wayne Rettie went over.

Paul Handforth converted and created a second Batley try a couple of minutes later with a grubber kick that saw Daley Williams claim his eighth try of the season.

The Bulldogs were then unlucky when Alex Brown broke and Danny Maun was tackled without the ball.

Leigh rode their good fortune and claimed late tries from Anthony Nicholson and Steve Nash, converted by Martyn Ridyard to make it 36-12.

LEIGH: Donlan, Evans, Blythe, Nanyn, McGilvray; Ridyard, Ellis; Hill, Nicholson, Nash, Littler, Goulden, Taylor. Subs: Govin, Thornley, Higson, Mills.

BATLEY: Campbell, Reittie, Williams, Maun, Brown; Handforth, Preece; Smith, Lythe, Potter, Bretherton, Manning, Buttery. Subs: Flanagan, Lindsay, Hesketh, Tootill,

REFREE: Tim Roby (York).

ATTENDANCE: 2,285.

Batley's coach Matt Diskin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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