Warriors take the venom out of Cobras

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Leyland Warriors open-age made it 12 league wins in at Rochdale Cobras.

The platform for the success was laid by a sterling effort by their forwards and a hat-trick of tries by the outstanding Phil Mills.

Further tries were scored by James Thompson and Stewart McLean, who also added a conversion. There were also three goals from Jonathon Cox.

This weekend, Warriors travel to Mancunians RL in South Manchester.

n Warriors Under-16s were beaten 38-12 by Wigan St Jude’s.

They trailed 28-0 at the break before impressively rallying.

They were rewarded for their determination when Declan Roberts’ bomb was plucked out of the air by Jacob Browne, who hit the ground running and scored from 10 metres out, also converting.

Lewis Sharples’ run then opened up a hole for Tom Boys to burst through on the 20-metre line, with Browne on target with the extras.

Strong defence led by Billy Bishop and Ellis Pocklington was also a feature of the improved second-half display.

n Warriors Under-15s enjoyed a 24-18 success over Portico Vine.

Doug McDonald scored twice in only his second game of rugby league.

Other tries were scored by Nathan Burns and James O’Neill, with Joe Weston and O’Neill sharing the goals.

n Warriors Under-13s suffered a 24-10 defeat at Chorley


The first Warriors try was created by Fletcher Turner for Jacob Roberts.

Panthers then surged in front before Sam Roberts offloaded to Daniel Almond who scored the best try of the day with a dazzling run, jinking and dodging the Chorley pack before scoring.

n Warriors Under-11s had a comfortable 48-24 win over Wrexham Bradley Raiders.

Harris, McColl, Hague (2) and Storey all ran in first-half tries with Cleece, Cain, J Parkinson, Harris and Cooper adding the conversions for a 36-10 lead.

In the second half, Cooper, Hindle and Hill all went over, Hague, Hill and McColl adding the extras.

n Warriors Under-9s recorded a 24-4 success over Bury.

Jack Tootell provided an early lead and Matthew Schmid and Luke Weston soon went over too.

Ali Randall, Zak Bentham, Tom Down, Tom Cain and star man Jake Cooper all showed good strength by tackling hard.

Further tries were scored before Will Down and Leon Whatton.

n Warriors wheelchair team hosted Medway Dragons and Mersey Storm in a league double-header at UCLan’s Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre – their first ever home fixtures.

Against Dragons, teenagers Reece Duddle, James O’Neill, Declan Roberts and debutant Will Douglas led the way.

Try scorers were Martin Norris (5), Adam Rigby (4), Chris Greenhalgh (2), Jack Heggie and James O’Neill, with goals added by Declan Roberts (9) and Heggie (4).

The game against Mersey Storm brought together the only unbeaten teams in the league.

Storm broke the deadlock but by half-time, warriors led 22-6 with tries from Heggie, Norris, Rigby and Greenhalgh, with Heggie adding three conversions.

Leyland played the entire second half at full speed, which saw them add further tries though Norris (3), Greenhalgh (2) and Heggie, with the latter converting all six tries.

n Leyland Warriors entered a float in the Leyland Festival parade on Saturday with a large number of players of all ages involved in a great day for the town, which was enjoyed by all at the club.

The club was represented by players of both genders and from the youngest Braves, to the veteran Masters team, and did the club proud.

If you would like to give rugby league a try, visit leylandwarriors.co.uk for more information