The two sides proved to be quite evenly matched early on with Leigh’s greater experience pitted against Faversham’s youth and pace. For 15 minutes play surged back and forth with Leigh probably having the better chances but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the end.
As Faversham worked their way up into the Leigh half the home side conceded a penalty which was taken quickly. The ball was passed out to the right where a loose pass could have ended the attack but Tom Ash
gathered the ball and outstripped the defence to score.
From the restart Faversham went on the attack again and should have extended the lead when skipper Eddie Stott
rampaged through the defence with Sam Oatley
and Matt Moon
in support. A try looked certain as they established a two man overlap but Leigh produced an inspired interception and turned defence into attack.
The home side then produced some impressive attacks of their own culminating in their captain Richard Garbett breaking up the left wing from the back of a maul. With the line at his mercy, Charlie Halls
sprinted across and produced superb tackle to take him into touch just 2m out.
With the hosts in the ascendancy Faversham were pinned in their own territory for most of the rest of the half however their defence, which had only conceded a single try in their opening two matches, proved solid. Jacques Meyer and Dan Hodges led the way with some ferocious tackling and the home side, despite the bulk of possession, were limited to a penalty scored on the stroke of half time to close the deficit to 5-3
The start of the second half was a complete contrast. Faversham came out with fresh fire and Leigh’s pack, which had been solid in the set piece, was suddenly under pressure. With better possession the visitors were able to release their backs and Jack Meadows
came close to extending the lead. A penalty followed which Halls took quickly, touching down before the home side could react.
Leigh restarted and found themselves immediately under more pressure as the ball was gathered and moved to the right where Bertie Sanders
eluded his opposite number to sprint down the wing. The try, under the posts, left Jonny Hodges
an easy conversion for a 17-3 lead with only 6 minutes of the half played.
The home side hit back strongly, earning a series of 5m scrums, but Faversham’s pack put in some immense drives to disrupt and steal the ball. The visitors’ then pushed over the halfway line before Halls broke away for his second try which Hodges converted.
The lead could have extended further soon after when Meyer had a clear run in but a pass was deemed forward and Leigh were able to clear their line.
With ten minutes left Leigh earned themselves a consolation try having kicked their way up to the 5m. Faversham’s initial defence was good but Jack Meadows
picked up a yellow card for the side’s collective penalty count. Down a man and under pressure the defence finally cracked and Leigh crossed for an unconverted try.
In the dying minutes the hosts threatened again through a rolling maul but when Faversham stole possession Jonny Hodges
broke away and the game ended 24-8 when he was tackled into touch.
Acting Skipper Eddie Stott
was delighted with the sides performance which had stemmed from hard tackling, a solid set piece and a set of backs that could break away through the slightest gap.