Warriors have too much bite for Sharks

Action from Leyland Warriors Under-14s
Action from Leyland Warriors Under-14s
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Leyland Warriors open-age team put last week’s cup defeat behind them with a 26-12 win at Rylands Sharks.

Warriors squandered several good chances early on before Danny McLean put brother Stewart through the line and was in support to take the return pass and score, with Stewart converting.

Stewart McLean then fed James Thompson, who dived over in the corner, and Leyland went in 14-6 up at the break when a well-worked shift play saw Paul Lorenzen raced in on the left.

In the second half, Lorenzen burst through again and Stewart added the conversion.

In a scrappy period of play, Sharks pulled a try back before Simon Dempsey offloaded from a three-man tackle and Stewart dived over, with Will Roper adding the extras.

n Under-strength Warriors Under-14s suffered a 54-4 setback against table-topping Blackpool.

Warriors’ one score was a well-worked effort after some great defence from Jordan Clift and Leon Corry forced a turnover and Matthew Wilkins hit the ball at pace, dragging defenders in and passing to Kieran Clough who dragged a defender over the line to score.

n Warriors Under-11s showed great character to triumph 32-28 at Bury Broncos.

Leyland were first on the board when Cooper went over, with Watson adding the extras.

A strong Hill run brought a second try before Bury sprang into life adding two unanswered tries.

Hague scored next, with Cleece adding the extras, but Bury responded on the last play of the half to take a slender lead going into the break.

In the second half, Cleece, McColl, Randall, Harris and M Parkinson put in good defensive displays aided by the improving Cain and J Parkinson.

Hindle put Leyland back in front, with Hill adding the extras, before Bury quickly hit back again.

Hill then produced a piece of magic play to pave the way for Bury to score his second of the game.

Finally, the game-clinching try came when McColl went on a driving run before offloading to Watson who was tackled short of the line but stretched the ball over with one hand, with Harris adding the extras.

n Warriors Under-10s were just pipped by St Helens-based Haresfinch Hawks, with two missed conversions ultimately the only thing splitting the teams.

James Broadfield broke the deadlock with a cracking try which was converted by Ethan Cockcroft, and Leyland scored again when those two combined to send Daniel Rimmer over, although the conversion was missed.

Leyland lead at the interval but Haresfinch stepped up a gear in the second half.

However, star man Matthew Quinn, who was a real handful all game, rounded the defence to score in the corner but once again the conversion was missed.

After a couple of Haresfinch tries, Dylan Kenyon scooted away from dummy-half to score a great individual try but again, the conversion was unsuccessful.

n Warriors Under-9s were left to rue their slow start against Golborne Parkside Pirates as they ended up losing 24-16.

After falling some distance behind, Leyland pegged Pirates back with two excellent tries from Jack Tootell which brought the half-time score back to 20-8.

In the second half, Ali Randall, Matthew Schmid and Tootell went agonisingly close before Charlie Hicks crashed through a gap to score.

Further drives from Leon Whatton, Jake Cooper and Zak Bentham gave Warriors good field position but they couldn’t quite turn this into points until Schmid ran the full length of the pitch to score Leyland’s fourth try.

n Warriors Women’s team raising funds for Cancer Research when they ran the 5k Race for Life at Moor Park in Preston in their playing kit and did themselves and the club proud.