Warriors turn on the style in second half

Leyland Warriors
Leyland Warriors

Leyland Warriors open-age side made it two wins in a row with a 30-18 home success over Widnes St Marie’s.

The first half was hard-going for Warriors but tries from Roper, MacFarlane and McLean, together with a conversion from Cox, kept them in touch with the visitors, who led 18-14 at the break.

The second half was a very different affair and Warriors added further tries through Palin, Lorenzen and Lonsdale, with Cox managing two further conversions.

The tireless efforts of back-rowers Ross Cowburn and Liam Deans deserve great praise.

The Under-18s got their season underway with a

28-22 win at Culcheth Eagles.

There were tries by Kyle Kershaw (two), Niall Andrew (two) and Jacob Donald. Ben Wilkins added four conversions.

The Under-16s won 30-6 at Thatto Heath with tries from Pocklington, McHugh, Joyce, Haddon and Locke, with the latter improving all five.

The Under-11s powered over for eight tries in a comfortable victory over Fitton Hill.

Josh Cooper scored a hat-trick of tries, with the others from star man Will Storey, Cameron Hill, Duran Watson, Matthew Parkinson and captain Harrison Smith.

The Under-9s struggled early on at Higginshaw and conceded a succession of tries.

Despite some superb tackling from Zak Bentham, Josh Hignett and Theo Sturgess, Warriors were unable to prevent a sizeable Higginshaw lead develop.

The bright point of the first half was a superb debut try from Tom Cain, while some good running from Tom Down, Jake Cooper and Leon Whatton failed to get the rewards they deserved.

In the second half, Leyland erased their first-half errors and settled into their game.

There were two quick tries from Luke Weston and Matthew Schmid to celebrate.

n The Under-16s were sporting a new kit provided by Morris Quality Bakers of Coppull, who have also purchased a full set of post protectors.

Warriors chairman Phil Roberts said: “We are incredibly grateful to Morris Quality Bakers for their sponsorship. Without investment from local businesses, sports clubs like ours struggle to survive.”