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Miners’ top six hopes hit by inspired subs
6:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
Leigh Miners Rangers 24 Lock Lane 56
LEIGH Miners Rangers’ top six hopes took a blow at the hands of National Conference League Premier Division title-chasers Lock Lane on Saturday.
The hosts trailed by two points at the interval following a Mark Nicholson double, but Lane substitutes Steve Scott and Craig Jones made a huge impact as the visitors posted 22 points in 10 second half minutes.
Lane settled quickest and opened the scoring when James Cryer rose highest to gather Nathan Fozzard’s kick and enjoy a free run to the line.
However, Nicholson twice latched on to passes from Jimmy Muir as the youngster collected his first two tries in senior rugby in quick succession.
Lane responded with tries from the Siddons brother as first Jordan and then Chris went over to nudge the visitors ahead, before a Jonny Youds’ penalty sent Miners in 16-14 down at the break.
An introduction of power and pace in the shape of Scott and Jones saw Lane run riot in the third quarter, offloading superbly and having a hand in four quick tries for the league’s second side.
An injury to Josh Ward, back at the club following his season in Leigh under 21s, caused a lengthy stoppage.
The youngster suffered a heavy fall which necessitated ambulance treatment, but escaped without serious injury.
The visitors added a further two tries following the stoppage as they closed in on a half-century.
Miners did manage a slight reprieve as Scott O'Brien and Luke Warburton went over for late tries.
Miners paid tribute to club founder-member Harry Westhead, who passed away during the week.