Leigh Miners Rangers ladies maintained their good start to the season with a 12 – 12 draw against visitors Wigan St Pats. The Miners started the game strongly with the forwards dominating a much bigger St Pats pack, this leading to the home team opening the scoring with an impressive try from half back Clare Thompson. After some good attacking and defending from both teams, it was St Pats who scored just before half time to level the score at 4 – 4.
As the conditions worsened at the start of the second half, it was a real battle down the middle with both sets of forwards running and defending hard, particularly woman of the match Nicole Gater, who was a constant threat to the St Pats defence. Miners were first on the score sheet in the second half with a well worked try from half back Leanne Johnson, who weaved past 4 St Pats defenders to score under the posts, making the score 8 – 4. It was St Pats who scored next to level the score at 8 – 8. After some strong running from the Miners pack, full back Rachel Thompson finished off a flowing move as the ball was spread through several pairs of hands to score in the corner. With the score now 12 – 8 in the Miners favour and time ticking away, St Pats pushed on and eventually squeezed in at the corner despite some strong defending by the Miners.
It was another encouraging performance from the ever improving Leigh Miners team who are starting to show that they have the foundations to become a force within the ladies game.