Rovers set up York trip after win at Leigh

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Featherstone Rovers will head to York City Knights next week after a comprehensive 34-18 win over Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village.

It was a fast start for the visitors, and they got in after just eight minutes as Alex Sutcliffe slid his way over. Chisholm was off target with the conversion, but it was still first blood to the Rovers.

It soon got even better for them as James Harrison powered over under the posts. Chisholm scored the conversion this time to bring it into double figures.

Rovers then punished a mistake at the back from the Centurions as Sutcliffe went through for his second. Chisholm was just off target from the touchline conversion, but it was still a 14 point advantage.

Leigh needed to respond, and they did just five minutes later as Junior Sa’u managed to get in as he got away from four tackle attempts to score. Brierley was off target with the touchline conversion. This was the final act before the break.

It looked like it was going to be a big 40 minutes from the Centurions, as they grabbed the next try just three minutes into the second half, as Tom Spencer powered over. Brierley converted to bring Leigh back to within four points.

However, their reprieve was short lived as Callum McLelland managed to dance his way over the line. Chisholm converted to reinstate the Rovers’ 10 point lead.

Once again, back came Leigh as Stefan Marsh went over in the corner under pressure. Brierley was once again off target with the conversion, but they were back to within a converted effort.

Then just after the hour, Featherstone hit the Centurions on the counter, with Josh Walters completing the move in the corner. Chisholm nailed the touchline conversion to double the visitors advantage.

The Rovers then moved for the kill as they forced an error at the back, and Chisholm finished the move to add a try to his goal kicks. He then converted his own try and added a further penalty to put the Rovers out in front by 20.

But the last word would go to Leigh as Toby Adamson managed to slide over. Brierley rushed the conversion attempt and put it wide.

Featherstone were then able to see out the remaining minutes and secure a huge victory. They now travel to York City Knights next Saturday to keep their Super League ambitions alive.

As for Leigh Centurions, it was a disappointing way to end their season, and not the way they wanted to say goodbye to Mickey Higham, who has hanged up his boots.

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