Warrington 25 Leigh 22

WARRINGTON coach Andy Roberts believes victory in a ‘must-win’ fixture against rivals Leigh will instil confidence in his side ahead of a tough run-in.

Pat Roberts’ boot, plus a double from Jack Reid and a score for the trainer himself, sealed victory for the hosts.

“This was a game we had to win,” said Roberts afterwards.

“Thankfully our youngsters stepped up to the mark and our senior players found again the form they showed in the games before Christmas.

“We can now face a tough run to the end of the season with some confidence.”

Pat Roberts’ penalty kick set the scoreboard rolling before Leigh replied quickly with a three-pointer of their own.

Tom Wood switched play to the right and Jamie Thompson evaded two tacklers before off-loading to Kieran Hughes, who slipped the ball inside to Reid for the centre to cross. Roberts converted.

Reid added his second score after the break before playing a major role in Warrington’s third when he broke through Leigh’s defence before handing on for skipper Roberts to finish from 30 yards.

Leigh responded with two tries and Warrington had a try disallowed by the touch judge, but the hosts held on for points that could prove precious.