“Hobbo” back in action

Date published: Thursday, July 31, 2014
AFTER being sidelined since April, Mark Hobson began his comeback in our under-20s side that lost 74-0 at Leigh last night.

“It was good to get on the field again after being out for nearly four months,” said 27-year-old ’Hobbo’.

“All things considered, I felt okay in the first half, but my back began to play me up in the second half, perhaps because it was my first game in such a long time.
“It wasn’t the best match in which to start a comeback, but at least I got a bit of game time and I felt better for that.”
Prop Paddy Mooney also played last night in a game watched by head coach Scott Naylor.
Hooker Danny Whitmore was due to play but he was unable to get to Leigh in time after being held up in traffic congestion on his way back from Sheffield, where he had been working.
Andy Ball went to hooker and Tom Flanagan came in on the bench.
Leigh, who have won 17 of their 18 games and top the table by ten points, have now reached 1,000 points for the season so we weren’t on our own in being on the receiving end of a tidal wave of pace, power and slick, attacking rugby.
 
The nearest we came to scoring was when Andy Joy crashed in on Tom Dempsey’s pass only for it to be ruled forward.
 
Said coach Neil Roden: “Leigh hope to put this team into the competition for Super League second teams next year and you can see why. To be honest they were in a different league, as their record over the season clearly indicates.
 
“Quite a few of them have played first team this year at the top of the Championship. One of their props has played first team at Wigan and the other has just been signed from Hull KR.
 
“Leigh have always been very strong at this level, but they are exceptionally so right now.”