Posted 04 August 2013 - 09:22 PM
Skirlaugh 32 v 12 Leigh Miners
Leigh Miners suffered defeat on the road for the second successive week yesterday afternoon when they went down 32-12 at relegation threatened Skirlaugh in a game what was marred by the injury to Miners loose forward Lee Gittins who left the field with a dislocated right knee. The home side opened the scoring against the run of play with Miners attacking the Skirlaugh they lost the ball and the host went the length of the field to score, soon after the first try Skirlaugh were in again to make the score 12-0. Both teams were reduced to twelve men on the twenty minute mark when Skirlaugh's Jonny Young and Miners Jonny Youds were sin binned for fighting. Miners got themselves on the scoreboard five minutes before the break through Lee Gittins, Jonny Youds converting to make it 12-6. From the restart Miners lost the ball during the next set and from that the momentum changed from the home side being under the cosh looking to hold onto their lead to being on the front foot attacking the Miners line. Skirlaugh took full advantage of the error, scoring their third try just before the break to make the half time score 18-6.
Skirlaugh added a penalty goal early in the second half to increase their lead to 20-6 but after that Miners had a good spell of possession on the Skirlaugh line, but like last week at Lock Lane they was nowhere near creative enough and the home side easily defending what Miners threw at them. With twenty five minutes of the game to go play was stopped with Gittins being down with a dislocated knee and when play did resume after a lengthy stoppage Skirlaugh scored a quick fire double to put the game beyond Miners to lead 32-6. Gary Gittins scored a late consolation try for Miners which Youds converted to give the final score 32-12.
Next week Miners are at home to Milford Marlins in the semi-final of the Conference Challenge Trophy.
SKIRLAUGH TEAM - James Tindall, Michael Johnson, Simon Kilby, Ross Kemp, Paul Hannath, Chris Brown, James Jennison, Jed Clarke, Tommy Harrison, Jon Young, Lee Knobbs, Scott Mountain, James Higginbotham Subs Alex Scruton, Brandon Graham, Matt Shear, Dan Kitchen
SKIRLAUGH MOM – Jonny Young
MINERS TEAM - Jonny Youds, Sean Macdonald, Martin Gray, Adam Thomason, Scott Travis, Danny Myers, Tony Doyle, Kev Howells, Tom Farrimond, Darryl Kay, Chris Slater, Luke Murfin, Lee Gittins SUBS = Dave Rowlands, Dave Wood, Chris Barlow, Gary Gittins
MINERS MOM – Darryl Kay