Thatto Heath produced back to back wins with a hard fought 28-20 away win over strugglers Leigh Miners Rangers in the NCL.
Doubles from Dave Sutton and Niall Allen gave Thatto Heath enough breathing space as Leigh showed the fight needed to survive despite recent results.
Leigh Miners would start the match brighter, having four repeat sets on the opposition line within the first ten minutes, however, it was Thatto that would strike first.
Chris Frodsham swung a delightful cut out ball to Allen who continued his recent form, scoring his third try in as many games. Bobbie Goulding hit the conversion from out wide to give Thatto a 6-0 lead.
Thatto would then enter a purple patch scoring two tries in four minutes, first Sutton climbed highest to collect Josh Crehan’s kick before Allen grabbed his second after good work from Matty Norton.
16-0 down Leigh could easily have folded and succumbed to the pressure, however they would mount a late revival in the first half.
After being held up just a metre out Leigh swung the ball out wide, beating the sweeping Thatto defence to give them a lifeline in the game at 16-4.
Thatto Heath would go into the break the happier of the two teams, yet found themselves in danger of letting their lead slip due to missed opportunities.
The second half kicked off as Thatto went for the kill, Liam Knowles had a try disallowed before Brad Ashurst barged over from close range.
Unfortunately, Knowles would leave the field through injury, something Leigh targeted in attack. Launching a short side play on the weakened side and Jake Ellis showed a clean pair of heels to go fifty metres.
Leigh grabbed the momentum as a handling error from Shaun Kenny allowed Jack Renoylds to pick up, race through the field and cross untouched to mount the pressure on the visitors.
Then came the match-winning moment, as a loose ball came Frodsham’s way he produced a pinpoint cross field kick which was matched by an unbelievable catch from Sutton who touched down with only an inch of space.
Leigh would add another try as Renoylds scooted over from dummy half, however, it would prove too late as the away side grabbed a narrow win.
Thatto Heath’s back to back wins will give them much needed confidence ahead of some tricky fixtures, starting with Kells at home next weekend.