Leigh began their Murray Trophy campaign in fine form with an entertaining victory over an adventurous Hollinwood side, that worked well in possession but got more and more frustrated as the game went on.
Both teams began well, in terrible conditions, and it was end to end football, which whilst good to watch, didn’t produce any clear cut chances.
Leigh did hit the crossbar in both halves, creating the better of the limited chances, and slowly they got themselves the bigger half of the possession as the first half progressed.
Despite their regular sorties on goal though, it looked like the end product would elude Leigh as they strived to break down the home side.
That breakthrough came on thirty-six minutes when Keeran Parker picked up a loose ball out wide on the angle of the penalty area and floated in a glorious shot that curled high and wide of the outstretched keeper for the opening goal.
Athletics nerves settled, and five minutes later Joshua Brennan latched onto a through ball to drill his shot under the keeper and double the lead.
The second half saw Leigh generally restricted to attacks on the break but they defended well and forced Hollinwood to shoot from distance, which rarely troubled the visitors.
Overall a fair result, and another clean sheet as Leigh continue their rebuilding. There is still a long way to go this season, but the signs, at the moment at least, are encouraging.
STARTING LINE UP: Craig Holmes; Matt Rogers, Rob Entwistle, Kerim Jones; Grady Mountford, Thomas Sims, Adam Jones, Tom Scott, Elliot Patrick; Joshua Brennan, Keeran Parker,
SUBSTITUTES (Used): Adam Guy
MAN OF THE MATCH: Robert Entwistle