Warriors keeping up unbeaten start

Phil Mills in action for the open-age side against Crosfields

Phil Mills in action for the open-age side against Crosfields

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Despite torrential rain starting, Leyland Warriors made light of the conditions against Crosfields and ran out 36-6 winners.

They still moved the ball wide when possible, and while this did result in some errors, the Warriors defence was more than capable, restricting the visitors to just a single try.

In contrast, the speed of the Leyland forwards saw them repeatedly punch holes in the Crosfields defensive line.

Phil Mills and Peter Heatley (2) burst through to score well-worked tries and Leyland’s ball movement also resulted in a try for centre
Steven Wright.

Warriors half-backs, Stewart McLean and Will Roper attacked the line at every opportunity, both adding tries to Leyland’s tally, with Roper also perfect from the boot, with six conversions from six attempts.

The victory means
table-toppers Leyland have won all nine of their league games so far this season.

But they will face a stern test at Moss Side this weekend when the visitors are Cadishead Rhinos.

Warriors’ Under-15s played Cadishead Rhinos in a friendly at the weekend and with the visitors a division above Leyland, this was a good test.

The game was played at a great pace and early tries were traded.

But by half-time, Cadishead had a 16-6 lead with Matty Grayston crossing the line out wide for Warriors.

Debutant Doug McDonald was having a great game and his powerful drives lifted his team-mates.

But a few mistakes began creeping into the Warriors’ play and Cadishead managed to score a few additional 
tries.

It was encouraging for the coaches to see the huge effort from the Warriors in defence.

And their attack was as good as it has been all year – Nathan Burns’ pair of tries in the second half was proof of that.

The game finished 40-16 to Cadishead and Callum Young had what was probably his best game to date.

Sam Evans produced a strong performance and Will Douglas was back at his 
best.

The man of the match award went to Joe Kirkby, who was all over the park making breaks and putting his body on the line.

Leyland Warriors Masters team played host to Crosfields and Blackpool at the 
weekend.

As always, the games were not about performance or results, with the matches officially finishing as draws.

All of the emphasis of Masters rugby league is on skill, enjoyment and friendship with players aged from 40 to 75 all participating, including Warriors’ Ken Broadfield, who has been selected for Great Britain against Australia this summer.

Warriors Under-16s played host to Cumbrian side 
Dalton and were hoping to avenge a cup defeat earlier this year.

Leyland started strongly, continuing to build on recent performances and were rewarded with a great try for Jacob Browne, which he also converted.

With Matt Clegg, Lewis Sharples and Connor McHugh all taking the game to the huge Dalton pack, Leyland were good value for their half-time lead.

When Dalton did hit back, Dylan Hart scored a great solo try from inside his own half to edge Warriors back in 
front.

But with 15 minutes left, it all started to go wrong for Leyland as a succession of injuries saw them lose several key players, and they 
played out the game with just 12 men.

Dalton took full advantage and scored three converted tries to make the final score 28-12 to the visitors.

Meanwhile, Warriors’ Wheelchair RL team are following the example led by the men’s team, remaining unbeaten in their four league fixtures to date as this weekend saw them win both of their games in a double-header in Yorkshire.

The first game saw them defeat Leeds Rhinos 72-8, as after a slow start, they scored a flurry of tries either side of the break, with scores from James O’Neill (3), Martin Norris (5) and Adam Rigby (5) who also added 10 goals.

In the second fixture, they faced hosts Featherstone Rovers and went behind early before pulling away in the second half against a side that competed all the way.

Scorers were Phil Roberts, Martin Norris (5) and Adam Rigby (5), with Rigby adding a further 9 goals to his tally.