Leigh beat Bradford

Leigh Centurions maintained their two point lead at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship, clinching a dramatic 24-20 win against Bradford Bulls at the Summer Bash.

Two minutes in and Leigh Centurions went close to establishing an early lead but Lee Smith fumbled the ball after the off load from Gareth Hock on the near side.

Danny Williams made them pay for their early error, crashing over in the corner three minutes later and giving Bradford Bulls a 4-0 lead.

Mitch Clark went over for a second try on five minutes, after a deft kick from Danny Addy, the video referee confirming the score despite suspicions of offside.

Liam Kay cut Bradford’s lead, crossing over in the corner on the near side after a brilliant pass from Josh Drinkwater.

In the 34th minute Omari Caro nearly extended the Bulls’ lead in the corner at the near side after a brilliant kick from Richie Mathers but Caro kicked the ball out of play.

Drinkwater crashed over three minutes from half-time to level the scores for Leigh, feinting and then stepping inside to avoid two Bradford players.

Two minutes into the second half and the Centurions broke the deadlock moving 16-10 in front, Adam Higson going over in the corner on the near side after a great pass over the top from Smith.

Ben Reynolds despatched a brilliant kick from right next to the touchline to complete the conversion.

In the 49th minute Reynolds scored a penalty to push Leigh 18-10 ahead after Clark was penalised for a high tackle.

At the other end, Adam O’Brien sneaked over the try line to cut the Centurions lead down to four after Leigh gave away a penalty for the markers not being square.

Kris Welham made a brilliant interception to stop Higson going over in the corner on the near side and creating a further gap between Leigh and Bradford with 68 minutes played.

The Bulls took a 20-18 lead with just over five minutes left, Addy crashing over near the goal posts before Oscar Thomas completed the conversion.

Mickey Higham clinched victory for Leigh, going over under the goal posts in the 78th minute after a neat chip from Drinkwater.

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