Leyland Warriors Under-16s had their first run-out of 2015 with a 16-12 pre-season friendly victory against Warrington side Latchford Albion.
With the game played in appalling conditions, this was never going to be a feast of free-flowing rugby league.
Instead, it was a game of concentration, strong defence and ball retention. These qualities were best exemplified by man of the match Connor Sadler, who made great yards in attack and put in some fantastic hits.
The Warriors tries came from Joe Kirkby, Doug McDonald and Matty Grayston, with two conversions from James O’Neill.
But the performance was based on some solid tackling from the whole team.
This was a strong start which puts the team in a good place to begin their league campaign away to Cadishead Rhinos.
Warriors’ Under-15s and Under-18s travelled to Liverpool Lions in a buoyant mood for an eagerly anticipated double-header but both games were called off following a pitch inspection by the match officials.
Leyland Warriors men’s team are looking forward to a competitive season in Division Two of the North West Men’s League after being promoted up two divisions.
Warriors finished top of Division Four in 2014 and expected to be promoted but following a league restructure, the side have been invited to move up a step further.
Head coach Neil Quinn said: “It will be a challenge moving up two divisions but I am sure that the boys will rise to the occasion. We have great quality in the squad and I believe we will do well this season.”
The side host fellow Division Two side Accrington Panthers on Saturday at Moss Side Playing Fields in their final pre-season fixture, with an 11.30am kick off.
Leyland Warriors’ Wheelchair RL team play host to Catalans Dragons to determine the best side in Europe this weekend.
The European Challenge Cup will be played over two legs with the French champions travelling to Lancashire this week and Warriors visiting Perpignan later in the spring. As both sides boast a number of international players an exciting clash is guaranteed. Coach Phil Roberts said, “This should be an epic game and all of our players are really up for the occasion.
“It will be a big challenge for our side as the French season is reaching its halfway stage and ours hasn’t begun but we have a quality side and the belief and ability to get the job done.”
The game kicks off at 2.15pm at UCLan’s Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre. Prior to the main event, Warriors wheelchair RL side will also play North Wales Crusaders in a curtain-raiser which starts at 12.15pm.