East win at Hensingham
LEIGH EAST 38
By Dave Parkinson
Leigh East came away from Cumbria with both league points after scoring six tries, four of which came in the first half.
The first twenty minutes was pretty even, with East opening the score after 12 minutes when the outstanding Andrew Ball ran clear from dummy half from fifty metres. Adam Holland kicked the first of seven goals, but the lead lasted just four minutes before Hensingham hooker Chris Smith touched down from close range and wing Callum Sirkett converted.
Leigh East then broke free with a clinical six minutes producing three tries.
Zac Nicholls, filling in at centre, crossed for the first, dummying over from 15 metres after the ball was swept across field and Will Ludlow soon followed with a scything run from thirty metres that saw him beat several defenders and took him between the posts. Holland then lofted a kick which drew an error from Finn Barwise with Nicholls finishing some good approach work.
The fourth goal from Holland had Leigh East 24-6 up at halftime.
Just a minute into the new half Ball got away from the defence again, racing forty metres before finding Harvey Massey to score.
Hensingham pulled a try back through Aaron Turnbull with Sirkett goaling, but East reaffirmed their advantage thanks to the vision of Holland. He kicked wide for Ellis Noon to collect and run over on the hour.
Barwise scored a third Hensingham try, which Sirkett converted but there was no stopping East, who made sure of the win with a Holland penalty goal eight minutes from time which brought up the final score.