Leyland Warriors men eased to victory against Chester bouncing back from their first defeat of the season.
Playing in their first home match in nine weeks, things didn’t start well for the Warriors,with the first quarter of the game spent defending their own line against a wave of attacks from the big Chester forwards.
A succession of technical penalties and errors from Leyland repeatedly handed possession over to the visitors, who crashed over for two close range tries to lead 12-0.
Leyland showed great composure, stuck to their game plan and on the first foray into Chester territory, Dan Horridge’s neat grubber kick was pounced on by Rob Lonsdale to get the Warriors on the board.
Chester added a drop goal before Si Dempsey broke the line and burst over in reply and Horridgespun out of a two man tackle to dive over, giving the Warriors for the lead.
Leyland finished the half in clinical fashion with two tries in the final two minutes, Liam Betney breaking the line and stepping the fullback to score with Paul Lorenzen scything through and passing to Stewart McLean to score.
McLean added four conversions to give Leyland a 28-13 lead at the break.
The Warriors executed their plays at speed in the second half and two more Lorenzen breaks frominside Leyland’s half led to tries for Ste Bryan and Dan McLean.
Chester hit back with another score from their giant prop before John Boles broke away down the left edge from halfway and rounded the full back to score.
Stewart McLean showed great support to finish off another Lorenzen break before Andy Robinson went almost full length on a kick return and although he was tackled just short, Oli Sly finished the try.
Chester showed fighting spirit with a try of their own before Horridge added the Warriors final try, with McLean adding a further five conversions to make the final score 62-23.
The Warriors’ nextfixture is on Saturday August 16 at home to fellow title chasers Rochdale Cobras.
The Warriors Women’s team took a huge step in their development in this game, playing Division One opposition in West Craven.
The team continued to build, with four more debutants to add to the squad in their first season, meaning that with five regulars unavailable, they were still able to field a side.
The visitors showed league pedigree with some strong running to score several early tries, capitalising on some unforced Leyland errors.
Strong running from Hannah Banks, Kath Moss and Sophie Dodd began to make space in the West Craven line and Rachel Vause used her pace to exploit the gaps.
Leyland’s effort throughout the second half was superb, with the back three of debutant Jenny Langdon, Emily Banks and Sarah Critchley pulling off some superb cover tackles.
West Craven began to find holes in the middle of the Leyland defence as the Warriors started to tire and they were able to rotate their big forwards. This led to a flurry of tries for the visitors and the Warriors almost replied when Charlotte Berry’s smart pass saw Vicky Austin almost squeeze over.
Tiredness ultimately cost the developing Warriors side and West Craven ran out 44-0 winners,
The Warriors held a two day summer camp last week, with over 30 children of primary schoolage attending from across South Ribble.
They were put through their paces with a series of drills and invasion games aimed developing movement proficiency and core rugby skills. For more information about Leyland Warrior visit leylandwarriors.co.uk