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Hillmen get back on track
Tuesday 29th January 2019 @ 11:10 by Mark Phillip

Lancashire/Cheshire Division One

Glossop 34-13 Leigh

Glossop got back on track following last weeks disappointment at Rochdale, with a comprehensive victory over a determined Leigh outfit, who refused to lie down despite a disastrous first twenty minutes for the visitors which saw Glossop dominate and race into a three try lead. 

It took less than five minutes for Glossop to get off the mark, when winger Chris Sonczak scored wide on the left. The conversion was missed but Glossop kept up the pressure, particularly in the set piece, and next to grab a try was No.8 Dave Stanley, this time the conversion from Tom Dearnaley was successful. 

He was soon joined on the scoresheet by the evergreen Sam Wilkinson, who was found in support when Glossop centre Jake Gibson breached the visiting defence, Dearnaley again converting. 

Leigh responded with a penalty to reduce the deficit to 19-3 but the Hillmen looked firmly in control. Tom Dearnaley landed a penalty to extend the Glossop lead before half time and the teams turned around at 22-3.  

The second half saw Leigh stick to their task of disrupting the Glossop momentum well. They had spells in possession but the home defence looked up to the task. Damien Chabas, making his first start, scored next to the posts after a Tom Benbow attack had the defence on the back foot. 

Leigh refused to give up, and were rewarded with a try after their forwards made inroads into the Glossop defence, with the conversion coming back off the upright. 

Any hopes of a Leigh comeback were dashed, however, when Glossop centre Gregor Moran broke through and beat the full back to finish a fine individual effort under the posts. The simple conversion was landed by Dearnaley, but it was Leigh who had the final say when they scored in the last play of the game after a sustained assault on the Glossop line. Final score 34-13 which gave the Hillmen a bonus point win, meaning a victory next week would see them move to third in the league.

By Josh Edwards.