A welcome return to winning ways.

Solid performance secures victory on a very wet day at Round Ash Park.

The pitch was inspected on Saturday morning,, after several days of heavy rain and the Grounds Staff declared the pitch fit to play. Leigh prepared themselves for a hard day at the office, against their visitors, Fleetwood.

Eliot Liku was welcomed into the squad and given a place on the bench. He was to make his First Team debut later in the day following a foray into professional Rugby League. Grandad, Joe Downs, will be pleased that he has returned to his Family Club.

Things looked promising, early on, when a great break by Charlie Wood was unfortunate not to produce a try but Fleetwood soon got the upper hand when Leigh went down to fourteen men, for ten minutes, when they were awarded a yellow card.

Leigh weathered the storm however and went off at the break, leading by six points to nil, courtesy of two penalties from the ever-trusty boot of Rob Drake.

Leigh maintained their pressure early in the second half and were soon rewarded, when Fleetwood were forced to spill a ball in the fiftieth minute. The ball was quickly shipped across the line, for Jamie King to scorch away down the left wing, to outpace the Fleetwood cover defence, to dot the ball down under the sticks, for a well taken try, that was easily converted by Rob Drake. 13 - 0.

Soon afterwards, Leigh, inexplicably, chose to kick a loose ball over their own dead ball line, rather than picking it up and this gave Fleetwood a five metre scrum. From this resulting scrum, Fleetwood worked their way over for an unconverted try.

Two penalties from Rob Drake, in the sixty fifth and the seventieth minute, extended Leigh’s lead to fourteen points but Fleetwood would not lie down and several good drives from their big forwards eventually saw them cross the Leigh line, close to the posts, for a converted try, to set up a tense last six minutes.

However, another Rob Drake penalty, in the last minute, managed to put the game out of Fleetwood’s reach but crucially it also denied them a losing bonus point, which could prove to be critical, later in the season, in the final analysis.

On Saturday Leigh travel to play League Leaders, Altrincham Kersal in their final game before the Christmas Break.