Leyland Warriors ARLFC had a thrilling end to the season, despite an 18-12 defeat at second-placed Golborne Park.
But Warriors will take plenty of positives, including two solid debuts for youngsters Bailey Locke and Ben Wilkins.
Golborne were clearly rattled early on as Warriors’ ferocious defence forced several errors, and some smart kicking from Dan Horridge and Stewart McLean earned a couple of repeat sets for Leyland.
Despite this early pressure and several scoring chances, an error from Warriors, compounded by a penalty, saw the hosts open the scoring against the run of play.
Undaunted, some strong running from Si Dempsey, Liam Deans and Danny McGrath laid a good platform for Leyland to build pressure, and Horridge latched onto the end of Will Roper’s grubber kick to reply for Leyland, with Roper adding the extras.
The second half proved to be equally tight, and despite Golborne scoring first, Warriors maintained their composure and continued to build pressure well.
And when Andy Robinson offloaded close to the line, Dempsey spun out of the tackle to dive over, with Roper on target.
In a thrilling final quarter, the hosts sealed the win with a try in the final few minutes of the game, squeezing in at the corner off a good shift play.
Warriors Under-12s travelled into the Pennines this week to hammer Littleborough 46-12.
First half tries from Hague, Smith and Parkinson, with kicks from Randall, gave Leyland a 20-8 lead going into the break.
The visitors backed their dominance up with six further tries in the second half, with Littleborough struggling to find any way through and only adding the single to their score.
Hague rounded off his hat-trick, as well as Parkinson and Smith adding their second, and Murphy and Glover going over for Leyland. Hill adding the only conversion of the half to make it 46-12.
At home to Higginshaw, Leyland Under-10s showed how much they have developed with some fierce tackling and exciting attacking play in a 34-16 win.
After going behind, Leyland drew level with a try from Jack Tootell, converted by Josh Hignett. Higginshaw scored, only for Leyland to reply as Matthew Schmid used his pace to score under the posts, converted by Tootell.
However, Leyland let Higginshaw in for a cheap try which they failed to convert.
In the second half, Warriors scored a quick try through Hignett, converted by Schmid.
A slick try from Higginshaw brought the scores level but a further try from Tootell wash was converted by Zak Benthams.
Tootle set up Leon Whatton for the try of the game, before making the game safe himself just two minutes remaining.