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Leigh East junior matches
2:21pm Thursday 21st March 2013 in Sport
Leigh East junior matches Blackbrook Royals u11 36 Leigh East u11 6 EAST under 11s travelled to Blackbrook to face their toughest test of the season so far.
On the back of a disappointing defeat last week the visitors were looking to cause an upset in an attempt to get their season back on track.
This was not to be the case as the well-drilled home side came out strong straight from kick off and never eased off throughout the game.
The host’s big forwards continually pounded the visitors’ defence and continuously found holes from which they duly took advantage to run in several unanswered tries.
As their forwards built the platform their classy backs took advantage of every opportunity.
East’s half backs Jonathan Openshaw and Kieron Prescott did try hard to find openings as did hooker Callum Hughes but the home defence proved too difficult to break down.
Jaeden Channell defended well as did Ben Woods and Jack Holland out wide.
Unfortunately for the visitors this wasn't enough as the hosts stuck to their game plan and rotated their big squad to ensure they always had the edge over a downbeat East side.
It was a disappointing day for the visitors as Blackbrook thwarted all but one attempt to cross their line.
In the last play of the game Harry Stevenson forced his way over the line for a late consolation try.
Stevenson converted his own try to leave the final score at 36-6 for the hosts.
East will now need to find some answers to their problems as they head into the derby with Leigh Miners Rangers on the back of two disappointing defeats.
Try scorer for East: Harry Stevenson, conversion: Harry Stevenson.
Leigh East u13 10 Burtonwood Bulldogs u13 16 AFTER a weekend away from the cup last week the 13s entertained Burtonwood at Ledgard Avenue.
Burtonwood were a bit of an unknown quantity not having played them for a couple of seasons.
Both teams chose to play the rugby in the middle channel keeping the game pretty tight until East took the lead from an unconverted Will Ludlow try before Burtonwood hit back with a try and goal to take the half time lead.
Fair play to Burtonwood they played some great rugby and went into a 16-4 lead before East hit back with a try from Aaron Smith goaled by Ben Crompton.
Burtonwood Bulldogs u14 36 Leigh East u14 6 LEIGH East made the journey to Burtonwood without four first choice players in a game filled with controversy.
It was a tough day at the office for East playing against a side a division above but battled hard.
The hosts were on the back foot for most of the first half but took a couple of chances against the run of play to put them 12-0 up then scored a further try right on half time.
The second half was evenly matched but it was Burtonwood that took their chances as East panicked at the vital time in key positions it was Corey Hamer that got on the score sheet for east spotting a gap and bust his over the line.