Leyland Warriors ARLFC open-age side continued their impressive start to the campaign – and gained revenge for a heavy defeat last season –with a 20-16 home win over Blackpool Scorpions.
Rain and hail lashed the pitch but the players made light of the conditions.
Despite a Will Roper try and conversion for Leyland, Scorpions were playing the weather better and their composure saw them 12-6 up at the break.
After the break, Warriors improved their line speed and kicked deep to pin the visitors into their own end, hoping to force errors or penalties.
The tactics paid off as Ross Cowburn squeezed over for a try before Roper added a penalty to level the scores.
Roper again then came up with the game breaker, throwing a dummy and accelerating away to score a try he also converted, and also adding a further penalty.
So despite a late try for Scorpions, Leyland held on for a win which keeps them top of Division Four.
The Under-15s crashed out of the North West Counties Cup 28-6 to Leigh East.
Leyland opened the scoring when Ben Craine’s powerful drive allowed Joe Weston to craft a try for Nathan Burns.
The extras were added by James O’Neill to give the Warriors a well-deserved lead before the visitors hit back to lead 10-6 at the break.
Leyland matched the visitors for much of the second half although Leigh seemed to just find an extra attacking edge to push the final score out to 28-6.
But the Under-15s will take heart from a solid performance before the league campaign starts next week.
The Under-14s also hosted higher division opposition in the cup and ended up losing 32-6 to Wigan-based Spring View.
Henry Aspey and Owen Sumner were a threat to the visitors throughout and new boys Kieran Tattersall and Ryan Stansfield also had excellent games.
Oli Buchanan scored Warriors’s try which was converted by Stansfield.
The Under-11s edged out visitors Bury Broncos 22-18 in a pulsating encounter with Cleece, Harris, Randall, Cain and Parkinson all strong in defence.
Cooper crossed to give Leyland the lead only for Bury to level at 6-6 by the break.
Second-half tries were scored by Hill (2) and Cooper which proved just enough to earn the win.
The Under-9s battled hard in their defeat at Culcheth Eagles. Their sole try came late on when Leon Whatton off-loaded to Matthew Schmid who used his pace to cross in the corner.
Charlie Hicks, Zak Bentham, Jake Cooper and captain Josh Hignett all made some notable contributions.
The highlight of the week was the Under-8s first ever game, with Halton Farnworth Hornets the opponents.
A quick start by Hornets saw a few early tries conceded but Leyland settled down, organised themselves and really got into the game.
Some excellent running from captain Joseph Dodd and Kyle Porter took Warriors very close to the try line with pacy Michael Howells managing to get the ball across the line for a try.