COACH ANDY Hay has taken positives from Featherstone Rovers’ 31-12 loss to Leigh Centurions.
Defeat in the final match of the Summer Bash, two days ago, meant Rovers dropped out of the Kingstone Press Championship’s all-important top-four.
Rovers are now fifth, trailing Dewsbury Rams on points difference and Hay said: “It was a gutsy performance from 12 players and then 11, but I was a bit disappointed.
“We started well, then fell away.
“We had a lot of possession early on and failed to come up with enough points.
“We scored a try and goal, but it should have been more.
“They went in at half-time in front and we were confident we could turn it around, but two quick tries killed us off.
“We stuck at it though and showed some character.”
Rovers had Paul Wood sent off in the first half for allegedly gouging, and Gareth Moore sin-binned 15 minutes from time, for punching.
Leigh’s Bob Beswick (punching), Gareth Hock (laying on) and Liam Kay (interference) all received a yellow card.
Hay felt referee Chris Leatherbarrow lost control of the game, and he said: “It was scrappy, very stop-start and there were a lot of penalties.”
Rovers came through the match with no major new injury concerns.