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WALMSLEY KICKS CONVERSION IN TESTIMONIAL VICTORY OVER LEIGH!

Saints have won their only pre-season friendly of 2022 after a 16-6 win over the Leigh Centurions in Alex Walmsley’s testimonial – with the big man kicking the final points of the game from right in front of the sticks!

It was a typical pre-season opening 20 minutes as both sides rarely threatened each others goal-line, the closest being a grubber kick by our new number one Jack Welsby, which held Leigh in their own in-goal before they were just able to avoid a drop-out after a second effort.

The first real spell of pressure in the game came from the hosts. After a succession of penalties Alex Walmsley tried twice to crash over from close range, but a strong Leigh defence held him up. Saints were eventually held out as a grubber kick close to the line landed in Caleb Aekins’ hands.

Saints did take the lead shortly before the break. A massive break downfield by Joey Lussick on his debut saw him find Agnatius Paasi, he then drove towards the sticks but was stopped short. From that break we worked the ball out left where Tommy Makinson strolled over in the left corner. Lewis Dodd’s conversion attempt from the left touchline dropped narrowly short, and that was the only score of the first half, as Saints led 4-0 at the break.

After a number of changes, the Saints lead was extended three minutes into the second half. Youngster Jon Bennison made a break down field cutting in from the left wing and off the back of it Saints threw the ball through the hands from left to right, which ended with new signing Konrad Hurrell finding Josh Simm who squeezed over in the right corner. Dodd added the extra two to make it 10-0.

Leigh thought they had responded on the 50th minute mark, however some great last ditch defending from the Saints on our right edge forced the Leythers into touch. The visitors went close again minutes later after a break down the left from Kieran Dixon, however Saints were just about able to get numbers back to stop the attack.

Leigh did grab their first try with 15 minutes to go. Joe Wardle fended off a Saints attempted tackle before stepping the full back to score. Ben Reynolds added the extras to make it 10-6. Saints could have extended their lead with a little over five minutes to go but a sneaky offload by Ben Davies was dropped as Saints wasted a great chance to seal the win.

The win was sealed minutes later though. We were awarded a penalty in midfield, and on the first tackle another debutant James Bell, against his former Club, stepped a few defenders before flying over the try-line to score against his old club.

Big Al stepped up and slotted over the conversion in front of a roaring West Stand to seal a 16-6 victory.

Match Summary

Saints Team: Jack Welsby, Will Hopoate, Konrad Hurrell, Ben Davies, Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Sam Royle, Joe Batchelor, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

Interchanges: Joey Lussick, Agnatius Paasi, Kyle Amor, Jake Wingfield, James Bell, Josh Simm, Dan Norman, Jon Bennison, Lewis Baxter, Shay Martyn, Reece Sumner, Rio Osaywanbo Corkill, Ellis Archer, Daniel Moss.

Tries: Tommy Makinson (36), Josh Simm (43), James Bell (76)

Conversions: Lewis Dodd (1 from 2), Alex Walmsley (1 from 1)

Leigh Centurions Team: Caleb Aekins, Jy Hitchcox, Keanan Brand, Nene Macdonald, Tom Nisbet, Ben Reynolds, Joe Mellor, Adam Sidlow, Aaron Smith, Chris Green, Joe Wardle, Sam Stone, Tom Amone.

Interchanges: Ata Hingano, Ed Chamberlain, Jacob Jones, John Asiata, Luis Roberts, Keiran Dixon, Mark Ioane.

Tries: Joe Wardle (65)

Conversions: Ben Reynolds (1 from 1)

HT: 4-0

FT: 16-6

Leigh Centurions 21 Man Squad

1Caleb Aekins
2Jy Hitchcox
3Keanan Brand
4Nene Macdonald
5Tom Nisbet
6Ben Reynolds
7Joe Mellor
8Adam Sidlow
9Aaron Smith
10Chris Green
11Joe Wardle
12Sam Stone
13Tom Amone
14Ata Hingano
15Ed Chamberlain
16Jacob Jones
17John Asiata
18Luis Roberts
19Kieran Dixon
20Mark Ioane
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James Bell will also get a chance to make his first appearance in a Saints shirt off the bench – against his former Club!

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FT: 😇 Saints 16-6 Leigh ⚫️

How fitting the big man has the final say in a winning TestimoniAL! 😁

Goal
Alex Walmsley for Saints

BIGG ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

The Big man @engywalmsley slots over the two from right in front!

😇 Saints 16-6 Leigh ⚫

Try
James Bell for Saints

BELLYYYYY! James Bell with his first Saints try on his first Saints appearance!

😇 Saints 14-6 Leigh ⚫

Saints with a chance to seal it, but Martyn can’t grab hold of Davies’ offload..

😇 Saints 10-6 Leigh ⚫

Leigh with a chance to level the game up, but after breaking through, the offload goes astray.

😇 Saints 10-6 Leigh ⚫

Goal
Ben Reynolds for Leigh Centurions

Ben Reynolds with the successful conversion. Game on.

😇 Saints 10-6 Leigh ⚫

Try
Joe Wardle for Leigh Centurions

Joe Wardle goes over for Leigh.

😇 Saints 10-4 Leigh ⚫

Shay Martin is on. Ellis Archer, Daniel Moss, Reece Sumner and Rio Corkill all also come on for their first Saints appearance.

😇 Saints 10-0 Leigh ⚫

Leigh make a break down the left through Dixon who skips past Welsby, but Dodd is there to pull the supporting Leyther down.

😇 Saints 10-0 Leigh ⚫

Dan Norman is on for Sam Royle as Leigh look to put the ball down in the corner, but great defence from the Saints forces the winger in touch!

😇 Saints 10-0 Leigh ⚫

Leigh look to respond and throw a pass out wide, which is so nearly pinched by Ben Davies, but he can’t hold on and the visitors survive – and with it get another set for the knock on.

😇 Saints 10-0 Leigh ⚫

Goal
Lewis Dodd for Saints

Doddy nails the touchline conversion to extend our lead!

😇 Saints 10-0 Leigh ⚫

Try
Josh Simm for Saints

SIMMYYY! Josh Simm gets on the scoresheet early in the second half after space was opened up on the right side following a Paasi offload!

😇 Saints 8-0 Leigh ⚫

A host of changes at the break as Kyle Amor, Jake Wingfield and Jon Bennison all come on. Ben Davies is also back on.

😇 Saints 4-0 Leigh ⚫

HT: 😇 Saints 4-0 Leigh ⚫

We lead at the break after that Tommy Makinson try!

#COYS

Lewis Dodd’s kick falls just short, but we lead here as we approach the break!

😇 Saints 4-0 Leigh ⚫

Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

T MAK! Makinson grabs our first try of 2022 after a lovely break from Joey Lussick!

😇 Saints 4-0 Leigh ⚫

The main man Big Al, captain James Roby and LMS all take a breather as Iggy Paasi and new signings Joey Lussick and James Bell come on!

😇 Saints 0-0 Leigh ⚫

Can J-Lo make something happen?

We have a set of six on the Leigh line, but the visitors see it out well.

😇 Saints 0-0 Leigh ⚫

Matty Lees takes a heavy fall, but is back up as Leigh make a few changes including on loan Az Smith who takes a breather.

😇 Saints 0-0 Leigh ⚫

A pretty even game thus far with both sides exchanging sets. The latest sees Welsby’s pass patted down and we have it back with another set in the Leigh half…

😇 Saints 0-0 Leigh ⚫

Josh Simm is on at centre in place of Ben Davies in our first change of the evening…

😇 Saints 0-0 Leigh ⚫

We move the ball out to the right, but Welsby’s pass finds touch rather than either Hurrell or Hopoate out wide.

😇 Saints 0-0 Leigh ⚫

Konrad Hurrell on his first Saints appearance…

Leigh come forward following the penalty and a grubber through results in a goal-line drop out. More Saints defending to do early on…

😇 Saints 0-0 Leigh ⚫

A lively start from Saints with new signing Konrad Hurrell catching the eye after a strong early run before Leigh win a penalty on half way.

😇 Saints 0-0 Leigh ⚫

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We are off and underway in Big Al’s Testimonial!

😇 Saints 0-0 Leigh ⚫

The boys out for warm ups!

James Bell will also get a chance to make his first appearance in a Saints shirt off the bench – against his former Club!

🇹🇴 Hoppa x Hurrell 💪

An all Tongan right edge… 🇹🇴

Hoppa x Hurrell 💪

The boss reveals why Mark Percival misses out tonight. Hear more from him on our socials…

our first Saints line up of 2022 ahead of tonight’s pre-season clash with Leigh Centurions.

All set! Team news will be with you next around 6:30pm!

It’s great to be back HOME! We can’t wait to welcome you all back!

Alex will also be selling his Testimonial brochure in and around the ground – including in the Saints Superstore. Pick up your copy!

There’s lots going on pre-match including a Raffle ran by Alex’s team. Look out for his team around the stadium who will be selling tickets.

It’s a special day for this man tonight who celebrates 10 years at the Club. Can we get the win he deserves?

Head over to our homepage for all the pre-match information including details on tickets and entry into the stadium.

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of our one and only pre-season fixture in Alex Walmsley’s Testimonial fixture. Kick off is at 8pm here at the Totally Wicked Stadium!

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