Cougars fail to make impression at leaders

Keighley produced an error-strewn performance at Leigh Sports Village.

The Cougars were disappointing and never looked like registering a score.

Three first-half tries had them on the back foot, with a further two in the second from the league’s form side adding to the pain.

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Keighley ran the league-leaders close in March, losing by just two points, but were unable to show the same desire in a hapless first half.

The Centurions barely created any clear-cut chances, but somehow found themselves 18 points up going into the break.

Tom Armstrong’s line break and dummy put Leigh ahead after 12 minutes.

A real lack of attacking flair, coupled with many sloppy mistakes from both sides, will have added to the frustration of player-coach Paul March, as his side conceded two more soft tries.

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Bob Beswick and Oliver Wilkes barely had to break sweat in adding another two tries, with Keighley showing signs of fatigue after a long, hard season.

It did not get any better in the second half, with both sides contributing to a drab match.

Greg McNally and Martyn Ridyard put the icing on the cake, with both scoring without much effort needed.

The Cougars are far from out of the running for a play-off place but will need to improve as they approach the crunch part of their season.

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Leigh Centurions: McNally, Higson, Pitman, Armstrong, Kay, Ridyard, Brierley; Wilkes, Beswick, Emmitt, Sarsfield, Haggerty, Barlow. Substitutes: Penkywicz, Aspinwall, Hopkins, Acton.

Keighley Cougars: Craven, Barnett, Lowton, Haley, White, Jones, March; Shickell, Feather, Hesketh, Pursglove, Rawlins, Lindsay. Substitutes: Lynam, Sagar, Law, Cherryholme.

Referee: A Gill.