Hawks make leaders work for victory

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Battling Hunslet matched Championship leaders Leigh for an hour before being overrun in the closing stages at South Leeds Stadium, yesterday,

The final score flattered the visitors who has seemingly underestimated the threat presented by Barry Eaton’s men. Things looked great for the home side when 25 minutes in, Brad Brennan appeared to have opened the scoring, with the prop hammering the ball forward and sliding across the line, only to be called back with the referee saying he was held up.

The whole first half was a real defensive battle, with the deadlock finally broken five minutes before half-time when Oliver Wilkes went over and Martin Ridyard converted.

The teams left the pitch at half time, Leigh with a six-point lead, despite protests from the home fans who believed it should have been all-square.

Hawks did pull level on 45 minutes when Luke Briscoe latched onto Andy Kain’s kick to score with Simon Brown converting.

But as the game wore on the champions took control, with Aspinwall, Liam Kay, Sam Barlow and Johnny Pownall crossing in a 10-minute burst with three more in the final four minutes from Sean Penkywicz, Andrew Dixon and Kay again, with Ridyard converting five in total.