Leyland Warriors’ open-age team had no need to be superstitious as they comfortably clocked up a 13th successive league victory when they won 22-4 at Mancunians.
Warriors set the tone with some strong defence in the middle from Ketan Panchal, David Dunwell, Liam Deans and Steve Bryan.
But their first shot at Mancunians’ try line went horribly wrong as a wayward pass saw a turnover and the home team raced 90 metres to open the scoring.
The remainder of the first half saw Leyland trying too hard to score, failing to exploit several good opportunities before Jonathon Cox’s burst saw Paul Lorenzen break down the left and beat several defenders to score, with Mark Quinn converting.
The second half saw a slight increase in tempo but the game was still a very stop-start affair.
Lorenzen went close again before a strong run from Bryan got Leyland on the front foot and Liam Betney extended the lead from close range, with Quinn adding the extras.
Then a powerful burst from Panchal had Mancunians’ defence in disarray, and Leyland continued to press before Declan Roberts switched right and John Boles ran a good line to score out wide.
Several minutes later, Peter Heatley and Deans took Leyland deep into Mancunians territory and quick hands from David Lonsdale saw Boles squeeze in at the corner for his second, with Quinn adding a tricky goal to round off the victory.
This weekend sees the side travel to Widnes St Marie’s, the only side to have beaten Leyland this season, in last month’s cup semi-final.
Warriors Under-18s were beaten 38-12 by visitors Pilkington Recs.
Leyland did get their noses in front first when Kyle Kershaw tipped the ball on to Jacob Donald who burst through to score.
Ben Wilkins added the extras.
But Warriors then failed to complete their next four sets in their own half.
And the visitors capitalised to score four tries for a convincing 22-6 lead at half-time.
The start of the second half saw Matt Adamson almost score twice before Pilks stretched their lead.
Warriors did enjoy one more moment of success when Declan Roberts kicked through early in the tackle count, Wilkins raced through, fly-kicked the ball ahead and was able to collect to score from his own half and convert the try.
Despite the loss, there were notable hard-running displays from Donald and Kershaw and strong defence from Billy Bishop, Jake Cartwright and Ethan Langtree.
Warriors Under-11s enjoyed an impressive 40-28 success at Littleborough.
First-half tries were scored by Hague and McColl, with J Parkinson and Harris adding the extras.
In the second half, there were five more Leyland tries by Hill, Hague, Harris, Hindle and Cooper, with McColl, Hague, Cooper and Harris adding the extras.
Leyland’s Under-10s recorded a dramatic 40-36 win against visitors Leigh East.
The hosts were first to score with a break from Daniel Rimmer out wide.
Leigh responded with two quickfire tries but Warriors did not panic and a great pass from James Broadfield saw Rimmer race over for his second try to secure an interval lead.
In the second half, Leigh took control, scoring some great tries but Warriors would not lie down.
Dylan Kenyon and a superb Rimmer hat-trick kept the contest alive, before Warriors made great yards from Jacob Cross and Kenyon, then found Matthew Quinn out wide and he squeezed in at the corner to snatch the win at the death.
Star man was Rimmer for five superb tries while the ‘most improved’ player was Jacob Cross for his superb defence.