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Featherstone Rovers v. Leigh Centurions preview


By Matt Lawton
August 2 2003

The Centurions charge continues it's quest for Super League tomorrow when the Red Army descends on the small traditional rugby league town of Featherstone in West Yorkshire for a vital National League One game. The Centurions know all about the perils facing them at Post Office Road, having been defeated there in the third round of the Powergen Challenge Cup earlier this season, the Centurions coming back over the Pennines with nothing to show from a 28-22 defeat.

Despite an indifferent start to the season, the hosts are at the top of the chasing pack in National League One, in fourth place behind pacesetters Rochdale Hornets, Salford City Reds and of course the Centurions. Post Office Road is notorious for it's short, narrow pitch and the hostile local crowd which are very close to the pitch and create an intimidating atmosphere.

Leigh's recent injury problems have subsided substantially, with John Duffy and Lee Sanderson returning from injury, along with Phil Kendrick who returns after serving a two match suspension. They join Dale Cardoza and Pat Weisner in the squad, the duo having made their comebacks in last weekend's 54-30 home victory over Batley Bulldogs, where debutant Tommy Martyn shone in what at times was a dazzling display of attacking rugby league.

Tommy Martyn

Joining them in the Leigh squad will be former Halifax centre Danny Halliwell, who rejoined his home town club earlier this week after the Centurions agreed a deal with Halifax to sign the twenty-two year old. Halliwell will join further recent signings Tommy Martyn and Ricky Bibey in a Leigh side which oozes class and Super League experience.

Danny Halliwell

Duffy is set to be thrown in to the deep end with the likelihood that he will play in the vital hooker position and have the unenviable task of taking on Rovers hooker Richard Chapman after the news earlier this week that regular Centurions hooker, England international Paul Rowley, would miss the game because of a one match suspension he has received after being found guilty of a late challenge in the away victory over Whitehaven a fortnight ago.

Paul Rowley

Leigh will be looking for a win to keep up their challenge for the title of inaugural National League One Minor Premiers, but they know a trip to Featherstone is by no means a foregone conclusion.

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