Cup success for Miners Rangers Alliance side
Miners Rangers’ Alliance side reached the second round of the North West Trophy with a hard-fought win in gloomy conditions against local rivals Culcheth Eagles 22-12.
The under-18s went down to a narrow home defeat to Orrell St James, 18-8. The women’s team lost 18-4 at old rivals Wigan St Patricks although the game was overshadowed by a horrific injury sustained by Miners’ Catherine Watt. The club would like to thank all support received on the day and particularly from Claire Mullaney and Jennifer Clarke-Pilling of Leigh East and Pats respectively who assisted in the first aid for Catherine while awaiting the ambulance.
Leigh Miners Ladies back on form
The ladies responded well to last week’s disappointment with an emphatic victory against West Craven which the girls dedicated to Cat Watt following her serious injury.
The game did not start well with West Craven taking an early lead following some good early pressure.
Miners worked their way back into the game with half backs Emma Hodgson and Clare Thompson guiding the forwards round the field, which resulted in prop forward Megan Eastwood bursting through the line and running 20 metres to score by the posts; Emily Mullen converted to put Miners into the lead.
Miners continued to press, and following good work on the left, Mandy Edge went over for her first try of the season. The first half scoring was completed when Rachel Thompson spotted a gap and went 70m to make the half time score 14-4.
The ladies built on a solid first half performance with some excellent attacking play in the second half. Emily Mullen opened the scoring when she joined the attacking line, rounded the defence and ran 50m to score by the post, Emily added the conversion to extend the lead to 20-4.
Carly Crowther continued her excellent start to the season following her move from Brighouse bursting onto a pass from Emma Hodgson to score by the post, Mullen once again added the conversion.
Clare Thompson was rewarded for another outstanding performance when she broke the line on half way, sprinted clear of the defence and touched down under the posts, Mullen converted again to make the score 32-4.
Genna Banks increased the lead scoring in the corner following more good attacking play on the right edge. The scoring was completed by player of the match Rachel Thompson, who went over for two tries to complete her second hat trick of the season. Mullen converted one of the tries to seal her best kicking performance of the season to date.
The ladies now have an extended Easter break, before their next fixture on May 4 at Brighouse.