Champion display to end season of success

Leyland Warriors Under-14s celebrate a try
Leyland Warriors Under-14s celebrate a try
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Leyland Warriors were crowned champions of the North West League Division Four in real style.

They only needed a draw to take the title, but instead they ran riot and won 64-0.

Early on, Warriors found themselves in the middle of an intense midfield tussle.

But they withstood this pressure and by half-time had built a substantial lead.

Try scorers were David Lonsdale (2), Peter Heatley (2), Russ MacFarlane, Paul Lorenzen, Andy Robinson (2), Jonathon Cox and Stewart McLean (2), with McLean adding 10 conversions.

n Warriors Under-16s were reduced to a bare 13 players against Leigh East but still came up with the goods in a 30-12 victory.

Full-back Jacob Browne saved Warriors twice early on with superb cover tackles before the deadlock was broken after quarter of an hour when Declan Roberts dummied, broke the line on halfway and found Matt Clegg in support, who drew the cover and passed inside to Dylan Hart, who raced under the posts, with Bailey Locke converting.

Shortly before half-time, smart hands from Roberts and Locke found Browne on an edge and he beat his man, sprinted clear from his own 30 metre line and passed inside to the supporting Billy Bishop, who drew the defence and returned the ball to Browne, who in turn threw a long ball inside to James Jeffers and he finished an amazing try, with Locke again on target.

The lead became 18-0 when Clegg took the line on with Browne in close support, and his pace and power saw him burst through to score on the left from 20 metres. Locke added the conversion.

But Leigh weren’t beaten yet as they scored two quick successive tries to make the score 18-12 with nine minutes remaining.

When they needed it, Leyland found the necessary mental toughness, with Locke diving over from close range, adding the conversion to give the Warriors breathing room.

Then after great support from Jack Sergeant, Jeffers scored a second spectacular try which Lock again converted to complete a most satisfying victory.

n Warriors Under-14s were also home winners, 36-10 against Bury Broncos.

Ben Warburton scored his first try for the club to get the ball rolling, and he was soon followed across the line by Henry Aspey and Matthew Wilkins.

After Bury got on the scoresheet, Leyland really cut loose with tries from Will Sharples, Oli Buchanan and Liam Higginson.

n Warriors Under-11s had a big win against new boys Limehurst Lions from Oldham.

Tries were scored at regular intervals throughout the game with Hague, Cooper and Harris setting the ball rolling.

Hill also scored in the first half, while second-half scores were claimed by Hill again, Schofield, Storey, McColl and Randall.

Watson and McColl gave great all-round performances but were pipped to man of the match award by Parkinson.

n Warriors Under-9s were on the wrong end of a 30-0 scoreline against Rochdale Mayfield, but emerged with credit.

There was some excellent passing between Matthew Schmid, Luke Weston and Josh Hignett, while Jake Cooper and Zak Bentham stood tall in defence.

n Warriors Under-8s were beaten 32-4 at Wigan St

Cuthbert’s.

Leyland got off to a flier when Declan Fell followed some strong drives into the St Cuthbert’s half from Joseph Dodd, Luke Schmid and

Harry Storey.

Despite being largely on the back foot after this, Warriors at least were competitive.

n Warriors masters were in action at Blackpool, where 16 teams played in a festival of rugby.

Leyland were superb in each of their games, with some excellent skills on show.

Adam Bell, Martin Gellford and Martin McCollmean while made their debuts for Lancashire against Yorkshire in a fiercely contested derby.