Rochdale prove too strong for Warriors

Leyland Warriors Under-8s
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Leyland Warriors’ first away match of the season saw them lose 38-16 at Rochdale Mayfield.

Despite missing a number of players through work commitments and injuries, the first quarter of the game was an even affair despite the hosts scoring the opening try .

But Warriors then conceded three tries in quick succession just before the break which left Rochdale firmly in control.

Stewart McLean got Warriors off the mark when he showed great footwork to step his way through before David Lonsdale hit a great line for Leyland’s second try.

Steve Bryan also burst through for a try, meaning the scores were equal in the second half.

n Warriors Under-18s fell to a hefty 52-10 defeat against Leigh Miners Rangers.

Leyland failed to get on the scoreboard in the first half by which time their chances were gone.

But after the break, Jacob Donald was rewarded for a powerful game with a try converted by Mark Jackson, and late on fast hands put Jack O’Regan in space and he finished well for a debut try.

n Warriors Under-16s started and finished well against Latchford Albion but a terrible spell in between meant they were beaten 44-16.

Early on, there were tries from Matt Grayston and James O’Neill, and later on Ethan Wrennall and Nathan Burns got over the line.

Star man was Doug McDonald, while Corey Dixon made a great return after serious injury.

n Warriors Under-15s put a great performance of attacking rugby together to win 52-24 at Blackpool Stanley.

Declan Disley scored his first Warriors try with further scores for Kieran Tattersall, Daniel Flemming, star man Daniel Cosgrove, a brace for Matthew Wilkins and a hat-trick from Oli Buchanan.

n Warriors Under-14s put in a brave performance against leaders Saddleworth before succumbing to am 18-0 defeat.

Star man was Fletcher Turner, while there was some strong tackling from Cole Parker and players’ player award winner Taylor Cocklin.

n Warriors Under-12s scheduled cup game against Heysham was forfeited by the Atoms, so instead a friendly was played against Wigan St Jude’s, who recorded a 32-16 success.

Most of the damage was done in the first half as St Jude’s grabbed five tries, with only a Cooper try to show for Leyland’s efforts.

Warriors were much better after the break and Hague, with two tries, and Hill also got on the scoresheet.

n In just their second game together as a team, Warriors Under-8s showed great promise before going down nine tries to six against Folly Lane.

Aidan Downes’ clever

offload made Leyland’s first try scored by Harry Jones, while another Harry, Storey, the opposition coach’s man of the match, went over for their second – and both were to score again later on too.

Jones and Luke Schmid tackled tirelessly, which earned Luke the accolade of Man of Steel while Harry was named man of the match.

n It was derby day for the Year 2 players of Leyland Warriors and Chorley Panthers who were so equally matched in their first encounter that the game ended without a try, despite some great attacking efforts from Pius Whatton, Tom Cooper, Callum Swinhoe and Konner Tunstall.

A second match saw Chorley take the spoils three tries to one, with Tom Cooper the player to break Panthers’ line.

n The first Year 1 game between the same sides saw Liam Bentham, Matty Broadfield, Alfie Fell, Sebastian Charnley and captain Aaron Yates show great promise in defence and attack.

Matty and Liam scored a try each to win the game for Leyland two tries to nil.

A second game saw Leyland win 3-1 with tries by Matty, Liam and Alfie.