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Leigh Miners Rangers 20 Wigan St Patricks 18

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Leigh Miners Rangers ended St Pats unbeaten away record with a thrilling victory on an emotional day at Twist Lane. On a day when the club celebrated the life of Miners legend Robert Dowling, which including the unveiling of a new number 9 shirt which will forever bear his name, and which also saw a forty minute first half injury stoppage following a serious knee injury to luckless Lee Gittens, Miners welcomed their oldest foes for what is always a hard-fought game.

Miners opened the scoring when Jonny Youds powered over from close range and converted his own try, before the injury to Gittens saw the lengthy stoppage. On the resumption of action Pats seized the game by the scruff, Simon Atherton clutching Scott O’Brien’s chip kick on half way and storming clear to score under the posts, and within minutes the Wigan side were ahead as Kieran Harrison dived on to Anthony Griffiths’ kick behind the posts, Brad Smith’s second goal nudging Pats ahead.

Miners though were in fine form in the second half as Matt Astley, Tom Parkinson and Ellis Grimes making the hard yards and Miners were level when Dave Rowlands capitalised on Jayden Sandford spillage to stretch over the line. Standout player Shaun Dowie then surged clear and put Andrew Groves over for his first of the season and within minutes Groves had doubled his tally when he dived on a scrambled kick in goal to put the home side 20-12 clear. Ryan Smith ensured his old club would have to work for the win in the closing stages as he intercepted and showed his trademark pace to sprint home from deep inside his own half, but the Leigh side hung on for the victory.

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