Leyland Warriors’ junior sides had a mixed weekend of results.
Warriors’ Under-7s travelled to Woolston Rovers in Warrington, and were pipped at the post by a Rovers team who played very well, with some great off loads which helped them to their 11-9 victory.
The Warriors once again showed they are a formidable team, defending strongly against some big players.
Forward George Johnston opened the scoring with a great try from the kick-off, and Sebastian Charnley gained great yardage with some determined running.
Leyland’s top try scorers were Alfie Fell and Edward Hailwood with two each, while Adam Cowling and Pius Whatton both added to the score.
Man of the match went to Liam Bentham for his constant effort and tackling.
The Under-8s were in action against the Limehurst Lions.
Captain Riley McFarlane won the toss and set up the Warriors for the first tackle,
Rueben Welch managed to get through the defence and score the first try of the game within seconds of the kick-off.
The stunned Lions tried to regroup and attack, but the strong and unbeatable defence of the Warriors was unforgiving.
Runs from Aidan Downes, Adam Snape and Aaron Kearns managed to get Mario “Rhino” Antoniou just short of the try line.
In return, the Lions managed a couple of good runs, only to be stopped in midfield, and with the ball now with the Warriors, it was a matter of seconds before Toby Rich managed to score a further try, ending the first half 2-0 to the Warriors.
For the second half, Limehurst tried to regroup and showed a glimpse of hope when they managed to get a run up the left side, only to be stopped by some top class tackling from Owen Van Boyd and Welch.
Zack Heggie drove the ball straight through the centre of the pitch and set up Welch to score a further try.
The Lions stood in awe of the rugby played by the Leyland side, witnessing a strong defensive line.
Unable to respond, they succumbed, with a final score of 5-0.
Opposition coaches’ man of the match went to Rich for his tackling.
The Under-9s featured in an excellent game of rugby against the Bury Broncos.
The boys defended well but the Broncos had a couple of quick players that managed to slip through on occasion, allowing them to score.
This was a close game, with tries scored by both teams intermittently.
The Warriors’ first was scored by Ellis Brown, followed by three from Harry Storey and some superb defence from Noah Smith.
Further Leyland tries were added by Declan Fell, Eddie Marlow, Matty Miller and Stevie Bracewell, with fantastic tackling from the whole team.
Ellis Grice and Logan made some superb runs, pushing the Warriors forward.
During the second half, the Warriors started to really off-load and demonstrate their skills.
This was a very close affair throughout, with the Broncos just edging a superb game 9-8.
Opposition man of the match was Storey, man of the match Marlow, and top tacklers were Smith and Fell.