Leyland Warriors open-age side were pipped 8-6 when they hosted Oldham St Annes on the heaviest of pitches at Moss Side on Saturday.
The conditions were never going to favour the fast and flowing type of game Warriors prefer, but nonetheless, they rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in with strong running from Si Dempsey and Paddy Curley early on.
Warriors fell behind when they turned the ball over in their own 30-metre area.
With Dean Pitblado and Carl Clayden very busy, Leyland should have replied when Stewart McLean put Matt Graham through but he was denied by a last-gasp tackle .
Then Tom Whittaker almost scored from a well-weighted kick.
However, another Warriors error led to a further close-range score for the visitors, who led 8-0 at the break.
In the second half, Warriors finally got off the mark when two great carries from Ste Bryan and Lewis Banks provided Daniel Horridge with space and he took off from dummy-half, stepped through and scored from inside his own half, with McLean converting.
But despite controlling the rest of the game, Warriors just couldn’t get their necks in front so will want to make amends on Saturday when they travel to Accrington.
n Despite a number of junior fixtures being cancelled due to waterlogged pitches, Warriors Under-14s made the trip to Cadishead Rhinos, where they fell to a 38-12 defeat.
It was a mixed display from Leyland who fell behind in a sloppy manner before they responded with a magnificent show of teamwork.
Luke Robinson started the play with a characteristic kick, and star man Lewis Maynard and Daniel Almond made some pounding runs through the centre before players’ player of the game Taylor Robinson took the ball and charged at the Rhinos defenders who simply melted for a debut try.
The kick was converted by Robinson.
Soon after, Mark Power and Aidan Sadler forced a Cadishead error, Robinson got Warriors moving upfield and then came another dazzling run from Robinson, who sprinted all the way to score between the posts.
Robinson again goaled and Warriors were ahead.
Sadly, after the break, the Warriors performance dipped despite sterling efforts by Taylor Cocklin, Adam Salisbury and Cole Parker and Cadishead took advantage to run out easy winners.
n Warriors Under-12s were 28-4 derby winners against Chorley Panthers.
Leyland scored three unanswered tries in the first half.
Hill broke down the left edge and Hague down the middle for great solo tries, while Cooper finished a well worked team try, with Hague converting, to put Warriors 14-0 up.
The second half was no different to the first, with McColl and Cooper putting in great tackling displays backed up by the rest of the boys in a solid defensive line.
Chorley’s persistence brought them one well-worked before Leyland added a further three through Hague and Hill again, and finally McColl, with Cleece adding the extras on this occasion.
n Warriors Under-11s were beaten 20-12 when they hosted Haydock.
They scored first-half tries through Adam Bluck and James Broadfield, with star man and top tackler Bluck adding another after the break.
n A depleted Warriors Under-9s fell to a 28-20 defeat to Westhoughton.
Among the tries were captain and top tackler Joe Dodd and Matty Miller (his first for the club), while the star man award was shared between Ellis Brown and Logan Woods.
n Warriors Under-8s were on the wrong end of a 28-16 scoreline against Widnes despite excellent tries from Harry Storey (2), Harry Jones and Luke Schmid. Ryan Finch was named man of the match.
Warriors Under-7s lost 40-24 at Folly lane.
A hat-trick of tries were scored by both Pius Whatton and Tom Cooper.
Star man was Aaron Yates, closely followed by Liam Bentham.