Impressive Rams push Leigh close

Luke Adamson races away to score for Dewsbury against Leigh
Luke Adamson races away to score for Dewsbury against Leigh
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Dewsbury Rams produced a magnificent effort as they went close to ending Leigh’s unbeaten Championship record before slipping to a 32-28 defeat.

The Rams felt aggrieved as they were denied chance to launch a last minute attack after full-back Greg McNally appeared to fumble a kick in front of his own posts.

It was a pulsating game, in which Dewsbury provided Leigh’s toughest test of the season so far.

The Rams led 6-0 early on following a Kieran Hyde penalty and Rob Spicer try but Leigh hit a purple patch, scoring three tries in the space of 10 minutes as winger Liam Kay bagged a brace and McNally also crossed, all converted by Martyn Ridyard.

Ridyard intercepted a pass and raced 60 metres to the line but Karl Pryce scored at the other end and Dewsbury trailed 22-10 at half-time.

Dalton Grant added an early second half try for the Rams, superbly goaled by Brett Seymour, but Leigh hit back with a Greg Worthington replied with a try for Leigh, converted by Ridyard.

Luke Adamson stormed over as the Rams again back but Kay looked to have sealed the points with his hat-trick try for Leigh.

Grant set up a grandtstand finish with his second try, superbly converted by Seymour but the Rams fell agonisingly short.

Dewsbury: Hyde; Morton, Beckett, Pryce, Grant; Seymour, Thackeray; Hepworth, Hemingway, Jackson, Spicer, T Adamson, L Adamson. Subs: Aizue, Smith, Brown, Wildie.

Leigh: McNally; Higson, Worthington, Kay; Ridyard, Brierley; Spencer, Beswick, Aspinwall, Haggarty, Goulden, Barlow. Subs: Wilkes, Acton, Dixon, Emmitt.

Referee: Dave Merrick.

Attendance: 1,551