Panthers feel the heat

Howard Hackett crosses for the Under-14s

Howard Hackett crosses for the Under-14s

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Chorley Panthers Under-16s tired in the second half to lose 48-12 to Widnes Moorfield in the soaring heat.

In early exchanges, the two teams looked evenly-matched and Panthers, looking comfortable on the ball, defended well.

Although Moorfield crossed the line for two early tries, it looked like over-enthusiasm could be their downfall.

Chorley clawed a try back with Joe Turner crossing in the corner.

Good hands between outside halves Jake Pass and Joe Sharratt saw Pass give a cheeky offload to level the scores. Moorfield then scored again to take the half-time lead 18-12.

Despite the excellent first half performance, the lack of numbers – Chorley had just 13 on duty – coupled with the heat, saw the Panthers quickly fatigue.

As a result, it was Widnes who ran out worthy winners.

Panthers Under-14s beat Woolston Greens 16-12.

Chorley came out of the blocks quickly with Matthew Duckworth going over for the first try of the game.

The next came before the break when the ever-sharp Tom Greenhalgh, spotting a lazy blindside on the last tackle, fed Howard Hackett for the simplest of tries.

Woolston showed fantastic spirit after the break to narrow the deficit.

But Kian Langton scored what proved to be the winning converted try after great support set him up for a dive in near the posts.

Woolston’s refusal to throw in the towel set up a tight finish but Panthers hung on to remain top of Division One with just four fixtures remaining before the summer break.

Chorley Under-11s lost 30-12 to Ryland Tiger Sharks.