Warriors pleased to put record straight

Action from Leyland Warriors Under-8s
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Leaders Leyland Warriors open-age side cruised to a 48-12 win at Widnes St Marie’s in the North West Counties League.

Warriors’ only defeat all season was at St Marie’s in the League Shield, so revenge was sweet.

From the very off Leyland showed good hands, and Stewart Mclean offloaded to David Lonsdale to score inside the first minute.

Some more good play from the forwards saw Jonathan Cox go over before an interception from Widnes saw them score a long-range converted try.

But Leyland pulled further ahead before the break when good pushes from the forwards allowed McLean score for an 18-6 lead.

In the second half, more good work from the forwards and good offloads resulting in further tries from Stephen Bryan, Paul Lorenzen, Pete Heatley and a double from John Boles.

Cox had an impressive day with the boot, converting all eight kicks.

n Leyland Warriors women’s team showed further improvement with a comfortable win at Langworthy Reds, who are a relatively new team.

Debutant Jacci Bullen broke the deadlock with a try in the corner following quick hands from Katie Pilkington.

Langworthy responded with a well-worked try of their own.

But good work by Warriors in the middle of the field with quick play-the-balls from Sarah Worrall led to tries for Rachel Vause and Sarah Lovejoy, both converted by Laura Parkinson, who added a fourth try for Leyland.

Hannah Banks then raced in at the corner to make it 24-4 at the break.

In the second half, Bullen and Vause scored their second tries of the game.

And after Reds had several good periods of pressure without scoring, good handling from Cat Chamberlain and Charlotte Berry saw Parkinson score two tries in quick succession.

Fittingly, Parkinson also completed the scoring, collecting a kick deep in her own half before breaking tackles and rounding defenders to score her fourth of the game and adding the conversion.

n Warriors Under-14s enjoyed a 36-20 success over visitors Culcheth Eagles .

They started like a train and Owen Sumner raced through a narrow gap to burst clear and score a great try.

Matthew Wilkins then stepped through the line in his own half and raced away for a try.

This spurred Culcheth on and they hit back to take the lead just after half-time.

But Warriors regrouped and were rewarded when Henry Aspey powered in for a quick hat-trick of tries.

Ryan Stansfield then added a well-worked try before star man George Tighe got over for a much deserved score. Stansfield was 100% on target from the kicking tee plus Liam Higginson also added one goal.

n Warriors Under-9s, Under-10s and Under-11s all featured in a series of round-robin competitions at Chorley Panthers’ Festival.

n Warriors Under-8s were caught on the hop by Rochdale Mayfield who scored a few early tries but Leyland stuck to their task, driving the ball forward through Harry Storey, Ellis Grice and Edward Hailwood, while there were good offloads from Luke Schmid and Declan Fell.

Pius Whatton’s positive approach was a notable feature while top tackler Harry Jones and star man Joseph Dodd did some great steps to put the opposition under pressure.

It was Fell who finally got the ball over the line for Leyland’s only try.

n Warriors will be travelling to a Masters Festival at Crosfields in Warrington next week. Under-10s coach Ken Broadfield will be making his Great Britain debut against Australia.

For more information about the club’s activities, visit leylandwarriors.co.uk.