Warriors win is tenth on the trot

Andy Robinson in action for the open-age side
Andy Robinson in action for the open-age side
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Leyland Warriors ARLFC’s open-age made it 10 out of 10 as they trashed Cadishead Rhinos 50-6 in the North West Men’s League.

It was Warriors’ 10th consecutive league win and their 13th in all competitions.

Phil Mills set his stall out early with a powerful burst from dummy-half to score. Stewart McLean converted.

Quick hands from Danny McLean and Rob Lonsdale then saw Tom Whittaker race over in the left corner, with McLean on target again.

Mills added the next try, crashing over from close range with McLean again adding the extras.

And Leyland killed the game off with a flurry of three quick tries just before half-time.

Two were spectacular long-range efforts that went through several pairs of hands, with David Palin feeding David Lonsdale for the first, before Lonsdale’s offload returned the favour.

McLean then raced clear from inside his own half to score, and he also converted all three tries.

In the second half, quick hands from Andy Robinson and Peter Heatley saw Palin dive over, McLean on target again, before Rhinos managed to build some pressure and score from close range.

But Warriors still added two further scores as Mills first capitalised on a break by Liam Deans, then scored his fourth try.

Leyland’s women’s team put up a sterling effort before losing at Hindley on Thursday evening.

A good start saw strong runs from Rachel Vause and Iwona Kossek before Cat Chamberlain’s pass released debutant Laura Parkinson.

She was tackled just short of the line but Charlotte Berry dummied her way over.

Warriors added to their score when Parkinson raced around the full-back to score under the posts.

And further first-half Warriors tries were scored by Pilkington and Kossek.

The second half was a very different affair due to a combination of tighter defences and tired legs and the game ended several minutes early due to an injury to a Hindley player.

The Under-18s run riot in North Wales, beating Wrexham Bradley Raiders 76-6.

First-half tries were scored by Niall Andrews (2), Matt Adamson, Adam Hagan, Jake Cartwright and Ben Wilkins (2), while Mark Jackson’s boot helped make it 46-0.

In the second half, there were further scores by Connor McColl, Andrews and Wilkins who both completed their hat-tricks, and Roberts.

Warriors’ Under-15s finally managed to play their twice re-arranged fixture at Mancunians and won 60-14.

There were tries for Jordan Dandy (3), James O’Neill, Evans, Kirkby, Craine, Burns, McDonald, Morton and Callum Young, with goals from O’Neill (7) and Weston.

But Leyland’s Under-13s were beaten 36-12 by visitors Waterhead.

Leyland started brightly with Sam Roberts’ kick spinning back nicely to Jacob Roberts who was the quickest to react and touch down.

Warriors’ other try in the first half came from came after some neat play which saw quick hands from Roberts and Daniel Almond put Fletcher Turner into space to score.

Almond scored after the break when backed himself to take on the defence and he scored in the corner.

Kian McKay was star man, Roberts the most improved and Almond the best tackler.

The Under-11s were dominant when they hosted Fitton Hill Bulldogs.

They put the visitors straight under pressure with the returning McColl receiving the ball and racing over in the first minute, with Hill adding the extras.

Leyland’s defence stood strong early on with Smith, Hill and star man Randall all putting in good challenges.

Matthew Parkinson was spreading the ball well, allowing Hindle, Watson and Cooper all to add to the Leyland score in the first half, with extras being added by Harris and Watson.

Fitton were rewarded for their hard work with a couple of first-half tries.

But Randall ended the first half scoring with a great solo run, Storey adding the extras to leave Leyland well in control going into the break.

Fitton Hill never gave in despite the scoreline and were rewarded with a couple more tries in the second half.

But these came in the middle of a further four tries for Leyland with Hill, Harris, Randall going over, along with Cain with his first for the side.

The Under-10s played out a thrilling end-to-end game against Haydock, which ended in defeat.

Leyland’s tries came from Daniel Rimmer, Dylan Kenyon and James Broadfield.