FOUR tries in 12 second half minutes decided the contest for Drighlington as travel weary Leigh East went down to a 36-12 defeat.

A vehicle fire on the M62 delayed East's arrival and saw the kick-off put back half an hour.

East attacked from the start. A second minute cross-field kick brought a contest but home wing Tom Moorby fielded superbly and then raced ninety metres for the opening score. Half back Michael Sanderson nudged over the first of six goals and the hosts led 6-0.

Seth Lambert was then sinbinned for the hosts for a dangerous tackle. East battled away and were rewarded out on the right flank after Ellis Noon was stopped short.

A speedy play the ball saw Jordan Hellam and Zac Nicholls link superbly for Nathan Gaskell to crash over in the corner. A brilliantl touchline conversion levelled the scores at 6-all.

With Sanderson pulling the strings, Drighlington applied pressure and a high kick from the scrum half was expertly defused by Danny Griffiths. The home defence just forced him out of play and from the possession worked a move to their right which brought a converted try from Jake Dearden.

East had their moments but the home team prevailed and went further in front when Sanderson added a penalty.

Late in the first half, the visitors created further chances but couldn't add to the scoreboard.

The second half was close until the hosts four try salvo decided the outcome.

Daniel Sanderson (2), Moorby and Jonathan Stainburn made the game safe at 36-6 before John Gallagher was sin-binned.

East were rewarded with a try by Jay Yarwood and Hellam added the final points from the boot near the end.

Following the 12-36 loss, Leigh East now prepare to welcome Hull Dockers to Ledgard Avenue on Saturday 12th May (2.30pm).