Eagles wings clipped by in-form Warriors

Action from Leyland Warriors Under-9s
Action from Leyland Warriors Under-9s
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Leyland Warriors Under-14s side’s good form continued with a 34-4 victory over Culcheth Eagles.

Culcheth’s opening kick-off gave a good indication of how the match was going to go as Matty Wilkins collected the ball and ran virtually the length of the field to score the opening try.

Not to be out done, Owen Sumner burst through some fragile defence and raced 70 metres for his first try.

Culcheth pulled one try back when Warriors failed to deal with a last-tackle kick.

But Warriors were soon to the fore again when a neat stepping run by Oli Buchanan saw Sumner go over for his second try out on the wing.

Sumner’s hat-trick try was the highlight as it went through at least six pairs of hands.

Then Wilkins sprinted down the wing to score his second.

In the second half, Leyland scored 14 unanswered points with a good solo effort from Henry Aspey, which converted by Wilkins, and Sumner taking his personal tally to five tries.

Warriors Under-16s crashed out of the first round of the North West Youth League Cup when losing 30-4 at Cumbrian side Dalton.

In wet conditions, Leyland coughed up the ball on a number of occasions and despite some excellent middle unit defence led by Clegg, Pocklington and Bishop, they trailed 18-0 at the break.

Leyland got on the scoresheet in the second half when McHugh put in a huge tackle to force an error and after good approach work, Browne’s pass put Jack Ingham in for his first try for the club.

The Under-15s league campaign started with a 36-4 home defeat to Portico Vine.

They struggled in the first half and trailed 22-0 at the break, but they were better in the second half and scored when a neat move was finished off with a scoot from dummy-half by Nathan Burns.

Good yards were made by Will Douglas, Rob Stack and Joe Kirkby, all organised by star man Joe Weston.

And the defence was stronger too, with Danny Graham, James Almond and Callum Routh putting some good tackling in.

Leyland Under-11s were beaten 32-18 by Littleborough.

Tries were scored by Watson, Randall and Cain, while Hill, Cooper, Watson and Parkinson put in some solid tackling, as did man-of-the-match Cleece.

The Under-10s fell to a

40-12 defeat to Burtonwood Bulldogs.

Tries were scored in the second half by Daniel Rimmer, converted by Ethan Cockcroft, and star man Matthew Quinn, converted by Rimmer.

There was some fantastic defence by Dylan Kenyon and top tackler Jacob Cross.

The Under-9s were left ruing their slow start against Eccles when they conceded four tries.

But they dramatically improved and scored an excellent try through Matthew Schmid, who received an offload from Ali Randall and ran 30 metres into the corner.

The Under-8s played out an excellent match with Pilkington Recs.

Declan Fell scored four tries, while there were solid runs from Ellis Grice, Joseph Dodd and Harry Jones..

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