Leyland Warriors Under-18s put in a heroic performance against Bury Broncos but just fell short of ending their opponents’ unbeaten record.
Bury are the North West Youth League’s only unbeaten
side and regularly run in 50 or 60 points a match.
But a determined Leyland side did everything they could to deny their opponents but Bury proved too strong, winning 28-14.
From the kick off Leyland showed no trepidation about getting stuck in.
Receiving the kick off, the Leyland forwards made good yards down field through Jacob Donald and Jamie Anderson and on Bury’s first possession they were met with strong defence from the Warriors.
The Broncos were surprised to find Leyland difficult to break down and if a chink in the Warriors armour did appear, it was quickly closed by great scrambling defence.
Eddie McDonnell came close to opening the scoring on the right, dragged down just short of the line and on the next play Ged Saundry burst through the defence but the Leyland cheers were silenced as the pass was ruled forward.
Undaunted, Leyland forced an error and when Declan Roberts’ cut out pass found Saundry 10 metres out, he proved unstoppable, breaking the deadlock. Alas, a mix up at marker saw Bury capitalise on a gap in the Warriors line to take the lead.
The Warriors defence continued to work over time, organised by Jake Cartwright and Ethan Langtree, with good line speed forcing an error on Leyland’s thirty metre line.
From the scrum Roberts kicked deep and Ben Wilkins showed tremendous speed to beat the defence, hacking the ball on and ground spectacularly, adding the conversion to put the Warriors back in front.
Again, a simple defensive mix-up from Leyland handed the ball back to Bury who worked an overlap to score out wide, leaving the scores level at the break.
The first ten minutes of the second half proved disastrous for the Warriors’ cause, with a succession of errors and a drop in defensive intensity enabling a purple patch for Bury.
The Broncos built momentum and posted 18 quick-fire points before Leyland were able to stop the rot.
The remainder of the game was as even as the first half had been, with Donald and Adam Hagan both breaking the Bury line as the Warriors went close on several occasions.
The Warriors’ efforts were rewarded when Saundry hit a short ball on a great line to burst through and when he offloaded to the supporting Wilkins, he again showed great pace to beat the cover and score.
On Friday when Moss Side Playing Fields was the venue for the ‘My Leyland’ Fun Day, organised by Suzanne Simpson from South Ribble Borough Council’s My Neighbourhood Team.
Over 500 people attended the event over the day, with bouncy castles, laser tag, donkey rides and lots of fun activities and games for children of all ages – all free of charge – with both a police car and a fire engine also in attendance.
The weather was perfect for the Fun Day, which provided a much needed weekday event for the local community during the summer holidays .
The club also paid their tributes to Accent Housing, .
For more information about Leyland Warriors, visit leylandwarriors.co.uk.
Ex Leyland Warriors turned Salford Red Devils stars Adam and Jordan Walne made a surprise appearance at a training session to help inspire the next generation of players.
Chairman, Phil Roberts said: “It was a great night and everybody appeared to enjoy it, they even helped coach.”