Derby delight for young Warriors

Good defence by Leyland Warriors Under-8s against Haydock
Good defence by Leyland Warriors Under-8s against Haydock
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Leyland Warriors ARLFC Under-13s enjoyed a 22-12 derby win at Chorley Panthers.

The hosts scored first but Warriors soon hit back when the play was shifted out wide for Marcus van den Berg to score his first try for the club.

And Leyland took a 10-4 lead on the stroke of half-time when Daniel Almond hit the line, wriggled free from the tackle and stretched over.

After the break, Chorley levelled the scores, before Almond kicked through on the fourth tackle and won the chase to his own kick and touched down for his second, with Luke Robinson adding the conversion.

Fletcher Turner then scored another try for Leyland, before Chorley pulled a try back.

But Warriors’ man of the match Josh Sharples sealed the win when he used his power to force his way over the line, with Robinson’s conversion completing the scoring.

The most improved player was George Down.

Warriors Under-11s were winners in Wales against Wrexham Bradley Raiders.

In the first half, Cooper, Hindle, M Parkinson, Watson, Hill and Randall all went over as Leyland forged into a 30-12 lead.

In the second half, further tries came from Smith (2), Cooper, Storey, McColl, Watson and J Parkinson, his first try for the club in the last game of the season.

Leyland’s Under-10s lost 34-20 to Culcheth Eagles.

Culcheth ran up an early 16-0 lead but Leyland did not let their heads drop.

George Talbot and Matthew Crompton were working hard and gained valuable metres, from which Daniel Rimmer capitalised to score a great try.

Culcheth then scored another two quick tries before the ball was passed out wide to top tackler Harvey Benson, who outpaced the defence to score in the corner.

In the second half, an offload from James Broadfield saw Rimmer break though on a jinking run to score a great Leyland try, and runs from Jacob Cross and Adam Bluck set up position for Broadfield to step his way through to score a great solo try.

The most improved award went to Ethan Cockcroft.

Warriors Under-8s played host to Haydock in a thrilling game, which the visitors edged 40-28. In the first half, there were tries for Leyland’s Harry Storey and two from Declan Fell to leave the scores level.

After the interval, further Warriors tries came from Fell (2) Theo Sturgess and Joseph Dodd.