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17th April 1909: Wigan 18 Batley 2
Posted by Bilko on September 26 2014 - 23:35
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Wigan 18 Batley 2 - Saturday 17th April 1909
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: League - Championship Play Offs Semi Final (1st v 4th)

WiganlBacks:l

1. Jim Sharrock, 2. Jim Leytham, 3. Bert Jenkins, 4. Gomer Gunn, 5. Walter Creevey, 6. Fred Gleave, 7. Johnny Thomas

WiganlForwards:l 8. Dick Silcock, 9. Tom Whittaker, 10. Jimmy Blears, 11. Walter Cheetham, 12. Jack Barton, 13. Dick Ramsdale

WiganlTries:l

Jack Barton, Jim Leytham, Gomer Gunn, Bert Jenkins

WiganlGoals:l

Jim Leytham 2, Johnny Thomas 1

Summary:l

Having been humbled in the Challenge Cup Semi Final the previous Saturday, Wigan set out to make sure they didn't waste their whole season's effort in the Championship Play Offs. They began with the visit of 4th placed Batley to Central Park, but the conditions were awful after heavy rain fell for much of the day. This led to a heavy pitch and a hard slog for the two teams but it was Batley who got to grips better, taking a 2-0 penalty goal lead and only Wigan's defence stopped them scoring more. Before the break though Wigan found a try from Jack Barton that was converted by Jim Leytham for a 5-2 lead. At half time, Wigan sorted out their wet weather tactics and performed far better. Once Gomer Gunn scored a converted try for 10-2, Wigan had control for the rest of the game and won 18-2 in the end.

1908-1909 Championship Play Offs Semi Final Results

Saturday 17th April 1909
1st Place v 2nd Place: Wigan 18 Batley 2
2nd Place v 3rd Place: Halifax 3 Oldham 3

Wednesday 21st April 1909
Replay: Oldham 8 Halifax 3

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