Leyland Warriors’ open age side fell to an agonising 14-12 defeat to Bury Broncos when returned to action after a two-week break.
Warriors got off to a great start when Dan Horridge put up a towering kick and Stewart McLean out jumped the Bury full-back for a spectacular catch and raced under the posts, before also adding the conversion.
The visitors hit back with a try out wide to make it 6-4 at the break which fairly reflected a very even contest.
Leyland drew first blood again in the second half with a nice move finished off out wide on the left by Dean Pitblado, with McLean again on target with the extras.
Following a Warriors turnover, Bury replied quickly with an unconverted try leaving the score 12-8 in Warriors’ favour.
But with not long left, Bury broke clear, scored under the posts and added the extras to take the lead for the first time and take the spoils.
n Warriors Under-18s edged to a 22-16 success over Cadishead Rhinos, although they had to come from 10-0 down to do so.
A stuttering Warriors side finally kicked into life just before the break as Jacob Donaldson turned a fairly standard carry into a try, with Bailey Locke converting.
In the second half, slick hands from Jack O’Regan and James Jeffers put Jake Cartwright away down the left and although he was dragged down, Mark Jackson soon crossed and improved the angle for Locke’s conversion.
The next score was for Jeffers who followed up his own grubber kick.
And a final try came when good approach work from Donaldson, Shaun McNicholas and Billy Bishop set up Locke, who was finally rewarded for his probing runs.
n Warriors Under-15s just pipped Culcheth Eagles 20-18.
Some superb tackling from Jordan Clift and star man Kieran Clough helped Warriors to stay in the game when the Eagles were pressing hard, aided by the organisation of Liam Wright in attack.
Leyland scored tries through Kieran Tattersall, Owen Sumner, Will Sharples and Matthew Wilkins, with the latter adding two goals.
n Continuing the trend of nail-biting finishes, Warriors Under-11s were on the wrong end of a 32-28 thriller against Wigan St Cuthbert’s.
First-half tries were scored by Alex Rodgers – his first for the club – and James Broadfield (2) to send the sides in level at break.
In the second half as the scoreline see-sawed, tries were scored by Theo Bishop, star man Jacob Cross and another for top tackler Broadfield but the day ended in despair as Cuthbert’s broke the line to score the winning try in final seconds.
n Warriors Under-10s were beaten 46-36 in an entertaining encounter with Limehurst Lions of Oldham.
With some excellent drives from forwards McKenzie Topping, Alex Blair, Tom Down and Tom Ford, Leyland began to cause Lions a host of problems and set th platform for Jack Tootell to score the first of his three excellent tries.
Good interchanges between Jake Cooper, Matthew Schmid and Matthew Baldwin created space for Josh Hignett to score before the break too.
In the second half, Hicks forced his way over the line and Bentham also scores with some quick feet and power.
Schmid brought Leyland within four points but Lions finished strongly to ensure they took the honours.
n Warriors Under-8s were 32-24 winners against
Tries were scored by Luke Schmid (3), Tom Cooper, debutant Callum Swinhoe , Aidan Downes, Ryan Finch and Riley McFarlane.
n Thursday night had seen Warriors Under-16s lose out 30-14 to West Bank Bears in the North West Youth League Plate competition.
After trailing 20-0 at the break, Warriors improved and try scorers were James O’Neill, star man Corey Dixon and Doug McDonald.