Delight at first tries for Harrison and Williamson

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Leyland Under-18s rounded off their year with a 32-0 success over Culcheth Eagles.

Leyland’s pack set the tone early on with some strong carries and impressive defence in the middle and some big hits.

A glut of possession and territory saw Warriors camped at the visitors’ end and after several near misses, it was Jacob Donald who crashed through two defenders to open the scoring.

Leyland continued to control the game with strong defence and when Eagles did go wide, Ben Wilkins and James Jeffers stopped them in their tracks.

Warriors created more opportunities but their timing was a little rusty until some good hands saw Robbie Harrison burrow over out wide for his first try for the club.

Culcheth then had a sustained period of pressure before half-time but Leyland’s goal-line defence, led by captain Billy Bishop, was superb.

And even when Warriors turned the ball over, they maintained their line speed.

On the one occasion the Eagles did work an overlap, Connor McColl pulled off a great try saving tackle.

Leyland’s first attack of the second half came when they forced an error and a play off the scrum saw Jeffers score a well-worked try on the left.

The next score came when Bailey Locke took the ball to the defence and hit Jeffers on a good line to burst through.

Despite a defender having a handful of shirt, he broke free and showed great pace to pull away from the cover and race under the posts from halfway.

Josh Williamson became the second Warrior to score his maiden try when he was fed the ball with a half chance on the right edge and he cut back inside the sliding defence for a great finish.

The final try came when Mark Jackson broke through the line and threw a succession of dummies to weave his way into the Culcheth half before passing to Locke, who rounded the cover to add a try to his four conversions.

Overall, Leyland were far from fluent in attack but this was another chance for the newly formed side to gel.