Warriors’ kids triumph over leaders

Leyland Warriors' Masters team who travelled to Leeds and returned with a trophy

Leyland Warriors' Masters team who travelled to Leeds and returned with a trophy

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Leyland Warriors Under-16s returned from a four-week lay-off in style by recording their first victory in the North West Counties League Premier Division.

And the 18-14 victory was all the more impressive as the visitors to Moss Side were table-topping Widnes Moorfield.

Leyland kicked off into a strong, wind and found it tough to make many good yards.

The visitors struck first when a clever offload saw them breakthrough to score.

And once the lead was secured, they began kicking early in the tackle count to keep Leyland pinned in their own half.

Playing smartly for territory, Moorfield quickly added two well-worked tries to lead 14-0 as Warriors were struggling to handle their two big props.

Leyland finally went on the attack when Jacob Browne broke through from deep in his own half and ran 60 metres, before feeding Tom Boys, who found Jack Sergeant back on the inside.

This position saw Declan Roberts jump from the play-the-ball, dummy to the supporting Matt Clegg and step his way through to 
score.

Bailey Locke added the conversion as Leyland scored just before half-time.

The second half started well for Leyland as they began to make use of the wind, with a good and kick chase setting up position but both Locke and Ellis Pocklington were held up over the try line.

Moorfield replied with a break but Dylan Hart dragged the ball carrier down inches short of the line before Jack Ingham collected the kick to get Leyland out of trouble.

Warriors hit back when Oli Cuerden capped a strong game by smashing through the Widnes line and passing inside to Boys, who rounded the full-back and raced under the posts, with Locke adding the extras.

When a strong carry from Clegg next got Leyland on the front foot, Joyce managed to get his nose through the line before offloading to Browne, who burst clear of the cover to score a super try under the posts from inside his own half.

Locke converted again to put the improving Warriors ahead for the first time, and they held on for a
memorable success.

Warriors open-age team remain three points clear at the top of Division Four as their opposition were forced to concede this weekend’s fixture due to holidays.

Leyland’s Masters team travelled to Leeds to play in a Festival against East Leeds, Leeds Akkies and Warrington side Crosfields.

All of the games officially end in a nil-nil draws but Warriors performed well, earning the team of the tournament trophy.

Masters Rugby League is played by Over-35s, with the rules around contact modified to protect the players and ensure that the emphasis of the game is on skill, speed and enjoyment.

Leyland Warriors Wheelchair team went on a real road trip at the weekend when they journeyed to Dundee to take part in the inaugural Discovery Cup.

They played matches against Dundee Dragons and Glasgow Panthers as well as assisting the organisers in running several activities for the junior players present on the day.

Warriors returned with the trophy after an enjoyable weekend and Leyland’s Reece Duddle was awarded Young Player of the 
Tournament.