Holroyd lifts Doncaster to the summit

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Doncaster produced a tremendous display to knock Leigh off the top of National League One and claim their fourth successive home win.

The Dragons raced into a 14-0 lead in the first 20 minutes with tries from stand-off Graham Holroyd and centre P J Solomon. Leigh hit back with a try from Dan Potter before the interval and Robert Smyth and Steve Maden touched down in the second half. But the Dragons withstood some late pressure with Holroyd adding five goals and a drop goal to seal an excellent 19-14 victory.

Whitehaven replaced Leigh at the top with a 26-12 win over Hull Kingston Rovers. Hull never recovered from the sending-off of new captain Jamie Bovill in the eighth minute and Whitehaven took full advantage. Scrum-half Sam Obst scored a brace as they opened up a 23-6 half-time lead.

Batley kept pace with Whitehaven with an eight-try, 44-20 mauling of injury-hit Oldham. Oldham went into a shock 20-0 lead inside the first half-hour with two tries by Lee Marsh and one by Dane Morgan.

But the Bulldogs hit back with tries from Shad Royston (two), Paul Harrison, Bryn Powell (two), Chris Spurr, David Rourke and Ryan Horsley.