Warriors take the title

Andy Robinson takes Leyland on the attack against Cadishead
Andy Robinson takes Leyland on the attack against Cadishead
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Leyland Warriors ARLFC were crowned champions of the North West League Division Four in style.

They only needed a draw at Cadishead Rhinos to take the title but instead they ran riot and won 64-0.

Early on, Warriors found themselves in the middle of an intense midfield tussle.

But they withstood this pressure and by half-time had built a substantial lead.

Try scorers were David Lonsdale (2), Peter Heatley (2), Russ MacFarlane, Paul Lorenzen, Andy Robinson (2), Jonathon Cox and Stewart McLean (2), with McLean adding 10 conversions.

Elsewhere, Warriors Under-16s were reduced to a bare 13 players against Leigh East but still came up with the goods in a 30-12 victory.

Full-back Jacob Browne saved Warriors twice early on with superb cover tackles, before the deadlock was broken after quarter-of-an-hour when Declan Roberts dummied, broke the line on halfway and found Matt Clegg in support.

He who drew the cover and passed inside to Dylan Hart, who raced under the posts, with Bailey Locke converting.

Shortly before half-time, smart hands from Roberts and Locke found Browne on an edge and he beat his man, sprinted clear from his own 30-metre line and passed inside to the supporting Billy Bishop.

He drew the defence and returned the ball to Browne, who in turn threw a long ball inside to James Jeffers and he crossed the whitewash, with Locke again on target.

The lead became 18-0 when Clegg took the line on with Browne in close support, and his pace saw him burst through to score on the left from 20 metres. Locke added the conversion.

But Leigh were not beaten yet as they scored two quick tries to make the score 18-12 with nine minutes remaining.

Leyland responded with Locke diving over from close range, adding the conversion to give Warriors breathing space.

Then after great support from Jack Sergeant, Jeffers scored a second spectacular try which Lock again converted to complete a most satisfying victory.

Warriors Under-14s were home winners, 36-10 against Bury Broncos.

Ben Warburton scored his first try for the club to get the ball rolling and he was soon followed across the line by Henry Aspey and Matthew Wilkins.

After Bury got on the scoresheet, Leyland really cut loose with tries from Will Sharples, Oli Buchanan and Liam Higginson.

Leyland’s Under-11s had a big win against new boys Limehurst Lions from Oldham.

Tries were scored at regular intervals throughout the game with Hague, Cooper and Harris setting the ball rolling.

Hill also scored in the first half, while second-half scores were claimed by Hill again, Schofield, Storey, McColl and Randall.

Warriors Under-9s were on the wrong end of a 30-0 scoreline against Rochdale Mayfield.

There was some excellent passing between Matthew Schmid, Luke Weston and Josh Hignett, while Jake Cooper and Zak Bentham stood tall in defence.

l Warriors Under-8s were beaten 32-4 at Wigan St
Cuthbert’s.

Leyland got off to a flier when Declan Fell followed some strong drives into the St Cuthbert’s half from Joseph Dodd, Luke Schmid and 
Harry Storey.

Warriors Masters were in action at Blackpool, where 16 teams played in a festival of rugby.

Adam Bell, Martin Gellford and Martin McCollmean made their debuts for Lancashire against Yorkshire in a fiercely contested derby.