Warriors set to host the Dragons

Action from Leyland Warriors' Grand Final tie
Action from Leyland Warriors' Grand Final tie
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It is not very often that an amateur club can say that they have a team competing at the highest possible level of the game.

But that is certainly the case for Leyland Warriors as their wheelchair rugby league team play host to Catalan Dragons to determine the best side in Europe.

The European Challenge Cup will be played over two legs with the French champions travelling to Lancashire this week and the Warriors visiting Perpignan later in the spring.

As both sides boast a number of international players among their ranks an

exciting clash is guaranteed.

Warriors’ coach Phil Roberts said, “This should be an epic game and all of our players are really up for the occasion.

“It will be a big challenge for our side as the French season is reaching its halfway stage and ours hasn’t begun but we have a quality side and the belief and ability to get the job done.

“To compete at this level is why we play the game.”

Kick off for Saturday’s fixture is 2.15pm at UCLan’s Sir Tom Finney Sport’s Centre.

Prior to the event, the wheelchair team will play North Wales Crusaders in a curtain raiser, which starts at 12.15pm.

The Under-16s had their first run out of the season in a pre-season fixture against Latchford Albion.

In terrible conditions, Joe Kirkby, Doug McDonald and Matty Grayson crossed the whitewash with James O’Neill scoring two conversions.

The Under-16s start their league campaign in two weeks against Cadishead Rovers.

The Under-15s and Under-18s travelled to Liverpool Lions but a morning downpour saw the games called off.

This Saturday, the men’s first team host Accrington Panthers at 11.30.