Leyland Warriors open-age team suffered their first loss of the year – and the defeat at Widnes St Marie’s, saw them crash out of the North West Men’s League Shield at the semi-final stage.
The hosts simply had too much power in the middle of the field, and blasted their way to a 22-0 interval lead.
Leyland stuck at it after the break, and scored tries through Stewart McLean and Liam Betney, both improved by McLean, to give them a glimmer of hope.
But Warriors then run out of steam and St Marie’s were able to extend their lead to make the final score 36-12.
- Warriors Under-18s played out a thrilling 20-20 draw at Accrington Panthers.
The hosts went ahead with two unconverted tries before Warriors sparked into life.
Jacob Donald crashed over from close range and Ben Wilkins added the extras to make it 8-6.
Shortly after, Leyland took the lead through centre Matt Adamson out wide on the left to lead 10-8.
Then a pop pass from Mark Jackson released Niall Andrews for a third try, which Wilkins improved to put Leyland 16-8 up at the break.
Accrington fought back in the second period and crossed twice early in the half to tie the score up at 16-16.
In reply, Donald crashed over for his second try but with 10 minutes left, Accrington went over for one final time to secure a draw.
- Warriors Under-16s went down fighting in their defeat at Premier Division leaders Widnes Moorfield.
Leyland trailed 12-4 at the break with only a smart try from Billy Bishop to show for their sterling efforts, and the second half started badly with Moorfield scoring again.
But Leyland battled on and after a Jacob Browne break, Ellis Pocklington crashed over, with Bailey Locke on target with the extras.
Widnes then replied with two similarly well-worked tries.
But Leyland battled on and when Connor McHugh went close on the right, Locke’s grubber kick was superbly collected by Browne, with Locke adding the extras.
- Warriors Under-13s underlined their progress by giving Wigan St Cuthbert’s a battle royal.
Jacob Roberts scored a deserved try in the first half in which saw St Cuthbert’s took a 16-4 lead.
In the second half, Fletcher Turner scored a characteristic try, running from deep, and Kian McKay and Luke Robinson also went over.
- Warriors Under-10s won 44-14 at Accrington.
First half tries came from Daniel Rimmer (2) and Declan Worden, while Leyland player Matthew Quinn, who was loaned out to Accrington, scored for his guest club.
The second half saw scores for Dylan Kenyon, Rimmer who completed his hat-trick, James Broadfield, George Talbot and Jacob Cross. Star man was Ethan Cockcroft.
- Warriors Under-9s showed good signs of progress in their game at Orrell.
Jake Cooper, Ali Randall, Charlie Hicks, Tom Down, Tom Cain and Jack Tootell were defensively sound.
Pass of the match came from Charlie Hicks who found Matthew Schmid who ran the length of the pitch only to be caught feet from the line.
- Warriors Under-8s had the thrill of having Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin as a spectator for their game at Orrell. Harry Storey scored a great try in the first half, and top tackler Declan Fell and Joseph Dodd went over after the break. Star man was Edward Hailwood.