Warriors end with a win full of Hart...

Leyland Warriors Under-9s
Leyland Warriors Under-9s

Leyland Warriors Under-16s won their final game 20-18 after an epic battle at Oldham St Annes.

This match marked the end of 10 years together as a side, with the lads moving up to Under-18s next season as the side merges with the older players.

Warriors were beset with injury problems early on as they lost the services of Clegg, Jamie Anderson and John Cain, and fell 6-0 behind.

With three Leyland starting forwards off the field, Oldham were controlling the middle of the pitch despite big efforts from Billy Bishop, Lewis Sharples and Declan Roberts.

However, Leyland scrambled superbly in defence each time the line was broken.

And against the run of play, a break by Bailey Locke and Jamie Joyce ended Jacob Browne racing over for Leyland’s first try to trail only 6-4.

Oldham extended their lead with a second converted try, but their lead was only 12-8 at the break as Tom Boys engineered a length-of-the-field try by Dylan Hart.

In the second half, Oldham moved 18-8 ahead but Warriors would not lie down.

Roberts’ long ball found Browne who in turn released Jack Sergeant to score, and with Locke adding the extras, it was 18-14.

And then came the match-winning play which involved Bishop, Cain and James Jeffers before Hart dived over the line with a defender on his back, and Locke held his nerve and nailed the tricky conversion to make it 20-18.

n Warriors’ women’s team hosted fellow newbies Ince Rose Bridge and cruised to a 32-0 success.

Charlotte Berry and Jenny Langdon scored first-half tries for a 10-0 lead.

After the break, with Cat Chamberlain and Kirsty Barrett pulling the strings, there were tries for Vicky Austin, Barrett – on her return from a 15 month lay-off following knee surgery – Sarah Worrall and Hannah Banks.

Gibson and Bullen kicked a brace of goals each.

n The Under-15s were pleased after their 20-12 defeat at Golborne Parkside.

They could be proud of a tremendous defensive effort and also had some joy in attack with second-half tries from Nathan Burns and Jordan Dandy, both converted by James O’Neill.

n The Under-14s were beaten 36-24 in their South Ribble derby against Bamber Bridge.

Warriors’ tries came from Henry Aspey, Kieran Clough, Kieran Tattersall and man-of-the-match Owen Sumner, with Matty Wilkins adding four conversions.

n The Under-13s lost 42-4 to Saddleworth but the scoreline does not reflect the improvement shown in recent weeks.

Leyland had two debutants, who both impressed, with Taylor Cocklin awarded best tackler and Yassine Marzouki collecting man of the match. Luke Robinson scored, while Jack Atherton was most improved.

n The Under-9s fell to a 32-16 defeat to Higginshaw.

They scored first when Jack Tootell saw a gap down the left and forced his way through for an excellent try.

Oldham had the better of most exchanges but there were some other good moments for Leyland.

After half-time, Tootell scored his second try and Matthew Schmid also went over after using his pace to score in the corner.

n The Under-8s were beaten 28-16 at Halton Hornets.

Some excellent hard runs from top tackler Declan Fell, Harry Storey and Luke Schmid resulted in the first try from Joseph Dodd.

Excellent runs from Edward Hailwood and Michael Howells created the platform for a try from Harry Jones

And after the break, Theo Sturgess powered forward and shrugged off challenge after challenge to force himself over the line to score.

This was soon followed by a further try from coaches’ award winner Storey. Star man was Edward Hailwood.