Fax’s hopes of top spot in the Championship are over - and they face a struggle to finish runners up.
That is the view of coach Karl Harrison after watching his side slip to a 32-28 defeat at Leigh Sports Village.
“I think Leigh will finish second now,” said Harrison whose side entertain play off rivals Batley in their final game.
“Leigh play Keighley and Swinton. We have a tough game and Batley can jump above us and if Sheffield spank Dewsbury they could finish above us as well.
“We could end up as low as fifth – it has been that tight this year.
“We need to take stock of what we have done, regroup and see what we can do.”
Fax had their chances against the Centurions but were unable to avoid a fourth defeat of the campaign to Paul Rowley’s side.
“I am bitterly disappointed,” said Harrison. “We did enough with the ball to probably win three or four games.
“We had line break after line break and to be fair to Leigh they scrambled really well and restricted our scoring.
“But defensively I thought we were very, very poor and they took every chance they had.
“Some of our big guys need to look at themselves because there were really soft efforts defensively.”
Fax must wait two weeks for their final game which Harrison admitted was far from ideal.
“It is distracting because some players are going away for a few days,” he said.
“The season is far from finished and we have to regroup, regather our thoughts.
“We are not a bad team at the end of the day and we can still do a lot of damage in the competition this year.
“We are just making it difficult for ourselves.”
Harrison said there were no fresh injuries, but half joked that a few of his players would have bruised egos after the setback.