Injuries the only downside as St Albans Centurions hit the top of the league
- Credit: DARRYL BROWN
Six changes didn't hamper St Albans Centurions too much as they went top of the East Rugby League in a thrilling clash with Bedford Tigers.
The 28-28 draw had Cents ahead for the majority and it was only late on that Bedford grabbed a share of the points.
But despite that they hold the advantage in the standings by one point.
Playing at home, they went behind early on with a converted try but roared back to lead 18-6 at half-time.
Will Fairhead got their first score after powering over from 10 metres and Jake Lawrence then bagged the try of the game as he intercepted a Tigers pass inside his own half and outpaced the defenceto touch down between the posts.
He converted that and then scored again before Niall Braniff added a fourth.
It wasn't all perfect for the home side though as a hamstring injury to Josh Lawrence, as well as two other serious problems, took their toll and left them with one uninjured substitute.
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Bedford pulled two back immediately after the restart but St Albans then got a converted score through Sam Bucknall and a Sam Wingard run made it 28-16 with five minutes left.
However, Bedford scored twice, the final one on the last play, to snatch a draw.
Player coach Joe Shaw said: "That was a big ask of both teams, to play fast, hard rugby league in this temperature and on ground this hard, I think both teams have a few injuries.
"Bedford are a great set of lads who dug in and gave us a good game, however, we deserve a big pat on the back as well.
"To play this well and with such great determination makes me very proud of them. I could go through the whole team and praise each one."
A trip to St Ives in the league comes on Saturday before the Roosters travel south for the East League Cup semi-final.
The Centurions' masters squad meanwhile enjoyed a typical fun run-out at Medway Dragons.
In total 14 players played in a match where the tradition of playing being far more important than the score continued.
The man of the match was St Albans' Bill Martin who bagged a 60m try - for the Dragons.
Touch rugby training at Toulmin Drive takes place every Wednesday from 7.30pm.