Warriors Under-14s bow out with draw

Leyland Warriors Under-8s
Leyland Warriors Under-8s

Leyland Warriors Under-14s travelled to a foggy Haydock to play their final game of the 2014 season against a side who had defeated them convincingly at Moss Side earlier this year.

A much-improved and determined Warriors defended doggedly, led by man-of-the-match Declan Disley.

Owen Sumner used his pace and power to score two superb tries to counter scores from the hosts before Kieran Tattersall powered through for a try.

Haydock were determined to finish on a high but so were Warriors, and Matthew Wilkins used his speed to score for out wide for Leyland.

The final few minutes were tight and tense, with neither side backing down and both teams were rewarded for their efforts with the game ending in a 16-16 draw.

n Warriors Under-11s were just pipped 24-22 at a strong Woolston Rovers side in a real thriller.

Leyland took a slender lead going into the break thanks to tries from Hill, Hague and Schofield and kicks from Harris and J Parkinson.

Cooper added another try in the second half after Watson picked him out with a great pass out wide over the top of a dummying run from Schofield.

Unfortunately, Woolston added a couple more tries in the second half to snatch the win.

n Warriors Under-10s performed admirably against free-scoring Langworthy Reds and gave their opponents from Salford a scare before going down.

Leyland needed a much-improved defensive display and provided just that against a tough team.

Despite being restricted to one superb try, a full-length effort by Daniel Rimmer, converted by Ethan Cockcroft, the game was a fairly even affair.

Leyland had plenty of chances with good field position but to no avail as Langworthy’s scrambling defence proved to be the difference.

Most improved was Matthew Crompton, and top tackler was Adam Bluck, who was also awarded the man of the match honours.

n A much-improved defensive performance for the Under-9s but one that would have been all the more impressive were it not for a few costly mistakes.

Early on, Warriors caught Folly Lane napping with two powerful drives from Charlie Hicks and Jack Tootell, followed by an excellent pass from Matthew Schmid finding Luke Weston out on the wing who scored in the corner.

In defence, Leyland made it difficult with Jake Cooper, Ali Randall, and Zak Bentham fending off the attacks with some excellent tackling.

After Folly Lane equalised, Leyland again took the lead, this time through Matthew Schmid.

This sparked some life into Folly Lane and they came back strongly, despite good tackling from Leon Whatton and Tom Down, edging into the lead to go into half-time three tries to two up.

A poor start to the second half saw Leyland concede three very quick tries.

But Warriors kept their heads up and late on, some good interplay between Charlie Hicks, Schmid and Randall almost brought Weston a try.

n The Under-8s went down 28-16 at home to Haresfinch.

Harry Storey and Declan Fell scored early tries before the visitors edged in front.

Michael Howells then dummied over the line and, although Haresfinch kept the lead, Joseph Dodd’s efforts were deservedly rewarded with the final try of the game.

There was some great tackling on display from Theo Sturgess and Luke Schmid in a good team performance.