Warriors ambushed by dogged Hornets

Leyland Warriors' Under-7s are on the attack
Leyland Warriors' Under-7s are on the attack

Leyland Warriors were subject to what amounted to an ambush on their visit to Halton Farnworth Hornets, losing 72-12.

The hosts’ ranks were bolstered by a number of recent transfers from neighbouring Widnes St Maries.

The first half saw the bigger and more powerful Hornets gain momentum in midfield before scoring out wide with a succession of well executed shift plays.

With Halton’s number nine pulling the strings with some great play from dummy half, the game was well beyond Leyland’s reach by half-time.

There were a few improved spells for the Warriors in the second half, one of which saw Dan McLean’s elusive running get him through the defensive line and as he was tracked down he found Chris Rand in support to drag two defenders over to score.

Further consolation came when Leyland’s man of the match Stewart McLean’s tireless efforts were rewarded when he chipped over the defence, regained possession and raced past the cover.

With eight changes to the squad that performed so well at Orrell last week, consistency was always going to be an issue but with a 72-12 scoreline, this was a match the Warriors will be quick to forget ahead of a trip to Bury Broncos.

Bury’s Under-12s were the visitors to Leyland.

And the locals put on a masterclass of defensive team work to win 30-0.

Hague added a couple of tries to his tally with strong runs, Parkinson continued his great form bursting through the line to go over, as did McColl and Murphy.

Hill continued with his recent form adding a couple of tries, side stepping defenders and going under the sticks before Harris got in on the action rounding off the scoring with another dazzling run from distance.

Conversions were added by Hague, Randall, Croasdale and Harris.

The Under-11s won 34-14 in St Helens against Haresfinch.

The home team were first to score but Leyland quickly replied with a great try from captain Matthew Quinn.

Daniel Rimmer then scored a quick brace of tries, before Haresfinch scored again.

Ethan Cockcroft then scooted away on the blind side and scored a great solo try.

The second half saw Quinn break the line and race in for his second try.

Rimmer was next on the scoresheet, going over to complete his hat-trick.

One lapse in concentration allowed Haresfinch to score again but Broadfield stepped his way through several defenders to score a great try to round off the scoring.

Man of the match chosen by the opposition coach was Broadfield and top tackler was Kenyon.

The Under-8s went down 20-10 to Golborne.

Two successful handling errors resulting from two hard tackles from Toby Rich and Luke Schmid gave the Warriors a chance to impose themselves on the game and Mario Antoniou powered his way over to score.

As the Pirates pressed, they scored but were soon pegged back by an awesome run and try from Reuben Welch.

As the second half started, Leyland took their eye off the ball letting in two quick tries in the corner.

With a few minutes left, a strong run from Schmid put Leyland within five metres of the try line. MacFarlane made a dash for the line and under pressure from four players used his strengthto squeeze over.

Man of the match Dylan Wise put in a sterling defensive shift.

The Under-7s lost 48-44 against Folly Lane Lions.

Callum Swinhoe led the way, setting up speedster Alfie Fell with one of his two tries.

There was also a brace of tries for Harry Bluck and for William McGowan who was making his debut.

George Bell, Matty Broadfield, Pius Whatton, Adam Cowling, and Edward Hailwood all added further scores.

Man of the Match was Fraser Blundell.