Leyland Warriors open-age side continued their impressive start to the season with a 20-16 home win over Blackpool Scorpions.
Despite very wintry conditions at Moss Side on Saturday, both sides showed a good level of skill given the conditions, although there were a number of forgivable errors in the first period as a mixture of hail and rain lashed across the pitch.
Despite a Will Roper try and conversion, Scorpions were playing the weather better and their composure saw them 12-6 up at the break.
After the break, Warriors improved their line speed and kicked deep to pin the visitors into their own end, hoping to force errors or penalties.
The tactics paid off as Ross Cowburn squeezed over for a try before Roper added a penalty to level the scores.
Roper again then came up with the game breaker, throwing a dummy and accelerating away to score a try he also converted, and also adding a further penalty.
So despite a late try for Scorpions, Leyland held on for a win which keeps them at the top of Division Four.
The Under-15s crashed out of the North West Counties Cup 28-6 to Leigh East.
Leyland opened the scoring when Ben Craine’s powerful drive allowed Joe Weston to craft a try for Nathan Burns.
But Leigh were 10-6 ahead by the break and pulled away further in the second half.
The Under-14s also hosted higher division opposition in the cup and ended up losing 32-6 to Wigan-based Spring View.
Henry Aspey and Owen Sumner were a threat to the visitors throughout and new boys Kieran Tattersall and Ryan Stansfield also had excellent games.
Oli Buchanan scored Warriors’s try which was converted by Stansfield.
The Under-11s edged out visitors Bury Broncos 22-18 in a pulsating encounter with Cleece, Harris, Randall, Cain and Parkinson all strong in defence.
Cooper crossed to give Leyland the lead only for Bury to level at 6-6 by the break.
Second-half tries were scored by Hill (2) and Cooper which proved just enough to earn the win.
The Under-9s battled
hard in their defeat at Culcheth Eagles.
Their sole try came late on when Leon Whatton offloaded to Matthew Schmid who used his pace to run the ball for a try in the corner.
Man-of-the-match Charlie Hicks, Zak Bentham, Jake Cooper and captain Josh Hignett all made some notable surges as the development of this time continues apace.
The highlight of the week was the Under-8s first ever game, with Halton Farnworth Hornets the opponents.
A quick start by Hornets saw a few early tries conceded but Leyland settled down, organised themselves and really got into the game.
Some excellent running from captain Joseph Dodd and Kyle Porter took Warriors very close to the try line with pacy Michael Howells managing to get the ball across the line for the team’s first try
There were also some superb tackles from star man Luke Schmid, top tackler Declan Fell and Harry Jones.
Ellis Grice and Pius Walton also made impressive debuts.