Warriors wounded by Lions’ tenacity

Leyland Warriors' Ken Broadfield in action during his debut for the Great Britain Masters team
Leyland Warriors' Ken Broadfield in action during his debut for the Great Britain Masters team

Leyland Warriors’ unbeaten start to the season was finally ended when they lost 25-16 at Eccleston Lions in their 14th game.

The first quarter saw Leyland camped in the hosts’ half but some poor execution left them with only four points to show for their efforts – James Thompson spinning out of a tackle and squeezing in at the corner.

A simple missed tackle saw Lions score from long range before another error saw the home side add a second try from close range to lead 12-4 at the break.

In the second half, Lions intercepted and ran 90 metres to score before adding a penalty.

And things got worse when another missed tackle in midfield saw Eccleston break away and then add a drop goal to make it 25-4.

Finally, Leyland started to click and Paul Lorenzen hit a great line to burst through from 30 metres, with Jonathon Cox converting.

And then Liam Betney made a break and some great hands saw Karl Hodgson crash over in the corner, Cox nailing the touchline conversion.

But despite more late pressure, the damage had been done and Leyland were left to lick their wounds.

n Warriors Under-16s suffered a 46-6 reverse to Rochdale Mayfield.

Warriors’ one moment of joy against a side full of scholarship players with Super League clubs came after some strong running from Matt Clegg, Jamie Anderson and Oli Cuerden.

Declan Roberts then hoisted a towering bomb which brought a superb hit from Jamie Joyce forcing the full-back to spill the ball and Jack Ingham was on hand to score, with Roberts converting.

n Warriors Under-14s were on the wrong end of a 40-4 scoreline against Wigan St Cuthbert’s.

Kieran Tattersall scored the one Leyland try, blasting his way through a well-drilled defence.

There was also some heroic tackling from Will Sharples, Owen Sumner and Leon Corry.

n Warriors Under-13s recorded a thrilling 24-22 victory over hosted Rochdale Mayfield.

Aidan Sadler plucked the ball out of the air from a high kick to score first, with Luke Robinson improving it.

Daniel Almond then used his speed and power to score his first before Rochdale levelled to leave the scores locked at 10-10 at the break.

In the second half, Robinson scooted over from dummy-half for a try and Almond went over in the corner.

Then with only minutes to go, Almond scored under the posts to complete his hat-trick and Robinson held his nerve to add the conversion and seal the win.

n Warriors Under-11s also had a narrow win, 26-22 over Heysham Atoms.

Try scorers were Hindle, Cleece, debutant Schofield, Cain and Storey. Star man was Hill.

n Warriors Under-10s were beaten at Blackbrook Royals but showed further signs of improvement.

Tries were scored by star man Dylan Kenyon (2) and Daniel Rimmer, while James Broadfield was top tackler.

n Warriors Under-8s also came away with plaudits in their defeat to Blackbrook.

There were excellent tries from Harry Storey and Declan Fell, while the move of the match came from Mario Antoniou who offloaded beautifully before Blackbrook prevented a further try.

n Leyland Warriors’ Masters team played in a festival at Crosfields in Warrington.

Highlight of the day was the game between Great Britain and Australia, with Warriors’ Ken Broadfield making his international debut.

Ken had a fine game and his offload set up the only try in a thrilling game played in front of a sizeable crowd.

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