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Leigh Miners Rangers head for final showdown after battling draw
8:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
Hull Dockers . . . 18 Leigh Miners Rangers. . . 18
LEIGH Miners Rangers head into their cup final date on the back of a mid-table draw with Hull Dockers on Saturday at Tower Grange.
Both sides appear clear of relegation after a match where Miners included coaches Allan Coleman and Paul Whitworth among the substitutes.
Andrew Groves, Jimmy Muir and Jonny Youds went over as Miners carved out an eight-point lead with 20 minutes remaining.
But Dockers had a dangerous kicking game, with stand-off Chris Kay putting up the bomb which led to his side’s third try, before adding a penalty to tie the scores.
Miners trailed 10-6 at the break, Danny Patrick’s break finished off by Craig Skelton for the hosts’ opener, as Miners responded with good passing down the right to put Groves in at the corner.
Dockers nudged back ahead when centre Jamie Beaumont finished off after Kay’s kick bounced off Miners’ defence.
Props Tom Farrimond and Todd Appleby and winger Andrew Hodson enjoyed fine games and Miners hit back when Muir spotted a gap 20 metres out and sliced through to score.
Josh Ward then dinked a clever chip over the defensive line, re-gathered and put Youds away to finish off.
But Dockers responded when Beaumont soared highest to claim Kay’s bomb before diving over the line and Kay tied matters up with a penalty late on.
Miners Alliance went down 56-26 against league-leaders Folly Lane.
John Woods grabbed two tries and two goals with Paul Wingfield, Scott Travis and Jay Derulo all going over.
Tom Warburton also kicked a goal while Jason Unsworth was named man-of-the-match.
Miners Rangers women, without 11 players for the trip to Oulton, slipped to a 26-20 defeat.
Emma Beaton’s double, Rachel Thompson, Emily Mullen and debutant Lucy Birchall completed their scoring.
Miners’ under 18s beat Crosfields.
Twist Lane hosts a fundraising tournament for Braiden Lee Prescott on Saturday with a GB v South Sea Islands Masters competition.
Alliance travel to Bold Miners on Saturday and the women's side head to Chorley on Sunday.
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