Warriors kids enjoy their very own magic weekend

Leyland Warriors Under-8s
Leyland Warriors Under-8s

Because of the entire round of Super League fixtures being held over two days at the Etihad Stadium, there was a reduced programme of rugby league across the North West.

But the Leyland Warriors teams which did see some action played their part in some entertaining games.

In a rearranged cup match, Leyland’s Under-18s faced a stern test when they travelled to Widnes to take on West Bank Bears in the North West Youth League Cup.

The hosts are undefeated this season playing in the division above Warriors.

But Leyland still matched their hosts in the middle of the pitch, with strong running from Kyle Kershaw, Jacob Donald and Billy Bishop.

However, a few basic errors allowed West Bank to take a 10-0 lead.

Leyland hit back by earning Matt Adamson sufficient space to attack on the left and he broke the line and held off the cover to crash over from halfway.

Despite several breaks from Ben Wilkins, Warriors were unable to add to their tally and Bears added further tries in the second half to make the final score 24-4.

n The Under-15s travelled to Mancunians RL for a nine-a-side festival against the hosts and Latchford Albion.

n The Under-9s knew they faced a real stiff examination of their progress against

Thatto Heath.

The first half was an even affair, notable for strong defending from star man Tom Cain, Jack Tootell and the ever present Ali Randall and Zak Bentham.

However, Thatto Heath still managed to reach the interval three tries to the good.

In the second half, Warriors put in some surging runs from Charlie Hicks, Jake Cooper and Matthew Schmid.

n The Under-8s put in a much-improved performance against Golborne Parkside Pirates.

There were fantastic runs from Ellis Grice, Harry Storey and Joseph Dodd to enjoy, although Golborne kept holding them short of the line.

In defence, there was some superb tackling from Erin Cooper, Luke Schmid and an awesome diving tackle from Michael Howells, while Edward Hailwood had a solid debut.

And Leyland’s persistence was finally rewarded with a second-half try from Declan Fell.

On an international level, three members of Warriors’ wheelchair team represented England against France in Rouen last week, and the club’s Under-10s coach and Masters RL player Ken Broadfield has been selected to play for Great Britain against Australia next month.

n Chorley Panthers Under-8s travelled to Ashton Bears showing true grit and determination in attack and

defence.

They ran out eventual losers but the result was not a fair reflection of their efforts.

Harrison Liptrot and Owen Waring were both outstanding in defence while Charlie Mcdonald caused them trouble in attack.

n The Under-7s just failed at the death to catch up with the tit-for-tat try tally in an end-to-end match against Leigh East.

Panthers led for the first half but Leigh scored in the final second to make sure of their win 28-36.

Panthers’ tries came from a hat-trick and man-of-the-match Ben Dootson.

Curtis Barker and Riley Dervan both bagged a brace of tries.

Top tackler was Nathan Holland and the best effort of the match went to the ever improving Harry Townsend.