Rovers are top dogs again after revenge win

Lamont Bryan scored Featherstone's first try at Leigh.
Lamont Bryan scored Featherstone's first try at Leigh.

Featherstone Rovers regained top spot in the Kingstone Press Championship by winning 23-8 at Leigh Centurions today (Saturday).

It put Rovers one point clear of Sheffield Eagles and gave them sweet revenge for their 22-12 home defeat against Leigh in the Northern Rail Cup.

That defeat came in interim head coach Ryan Sheridan’s first match in charge but they have now won their last two games under Sheridan after trouncing York City Knights 52-6 and now beating title rivals Leigh.

Rovers gave a commanding second-half display after the teams were locked at 6-6 at half-time.

Their winning margin should have been been much bigger because they had several efforts ruled out.

Rovers welcomed back Greg Worthington and Anthony England after injury but they suffered a blow when they lost England in the first-half with what looked like an arm injury.

Ryan Duffy’s 27th minute try that Greg McNally goaled put the Centurions ahead.

Featherstone levellled shortly before half-time when Lamont Bryan scored and Liam Finn converted.

McNally’s 43rd minute penalty goal nosed Leigh back in front but Rovers roared back in great style to dominate the rest of the game.

Frankie Mariano, on loan from Wakefield, grabbed a 47th minute try and skipper Finn crossed 11 minutes later.

Steve Crossley then bagged Featherstone’s fourth touchdown and Finn added his third goal to extend their lead to 22-8.

Finn completed the scoring with a last minute drop goal.