Stand off Chris Stephenson
was in great form taking the man of the match award with his all round contribution plus a try and five goals. The victory was sealed eight minutes from time when a break down the middle by Stephenson saw him offload to Danny Patrick for the full back to finish off.
It was a no frills but solid performance by Chris Kay’s side with Stephenson calling upon all his experience to run the game and one where three times they had to come from behind. Aaron Bradley also stood up well against tough opposition but it laid the platform for the win.
Miners tried hard through scrum half Scott O’Brien and the staunch effort put in by Craig Connor and Kevin Howells. They also gave a debut to under 8 star Ryan Ravenscroft but it was to be Dockers experience which won the day and brought the two points back to East Yorkshire.
It was the home side who enjoyed a strong start but Dockers who came up with the first points of the game from a Bradley try. Steve Sellars made the initial break and a pinpoint pass found the prop charging through to the line, thus leaving Stephenson an easy conversion.
Dockers nearly had a second try just shy of the half hour when winger Dom Proctor headed for the line only to be nudged into touch by O’Brien. Miners the managed to turn pressure into points when O’Brien’s reverse pass to full back Jon Youds saw him dive over for a converted try.
The visitors then had Karl Smirk sin binned for persistent interference after his side gave away a string of penalties in open play. Miners made sure they capitalised on the twelve men to score right on half-time when winger Sean Pendlebury went in the corner and Youds added the conversion for a 12-6 half-time lead.
It took Dockers just two minutes of the second half to respond when they stole the ball one on one for Stephenson to dummy his way over. He also added the conversion to level matters at 12 all but when Aaron Gorton sent in Craig Connor but Youds failed to goal.
Stephenson was the instigator to Dockers next try when his pass saw Smirk step out of the tackle and go in under the posts. Dockers now led 18-16 but when a combination of O’Brien and Shaun Marsh sent in Adam Thomasson, Miners had the lead back at 20-18. Stephenson landed a penalty ten minutes from time before the late Patrick try for victory.
Leigh Miners Rangers: Jon Youds, Sean Pendlebury, Lee Gittens, Liam Coleman, Jonny Carroll, Jimmy Muir, Scott O’Brien, Craig Connor, Tom Farrimond, Danny Jackson, Adam Thomasson, Shaun Marsh, David Rowlands Subs: Aaron Gorton, Ryan Ravenscroft, Michael Evans, Kevin Howells
Hull Dockers: Danny Patrick, Robbie Smith, Steve Milne, Jason Bowsley, Dom Proctor, Chris Stephenson
, Karl Smirk, Aaron Bradley, Steve Sellars, Gareth Moore, Craig Skelton
, Jon Eccles
, Andy Kay
Subs: Darren Bunby, Matt Emerson, Paul Fletcher
, Alex Everitt
Referee: Michael Mannifield