Leyland lads win their Roses battle

Action from Warriors Under-16s (in red) National Cup trip to Castleford
Action from Warriors Under-16s (in red) National Cup trip to Castleford
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Leyland Warriors began 2014 with their first ever trip to Yorkshire, as they travelled to Castleford in the first round of the Under-16s National Cup.

The signs were good when big carries from Anderson and Jones put Leyland on the front foot and some strong defence kept the hosts in their own half.

Leyland almost opened the scoring when Sharples put Bennie into space but his offload to Joyce was forward.

And then Browne stepped his way to the line but was pulled back for a double movement.

When Bishop spread the ball right, Sergeant made a great run back inside the sliding defence and Pocklington was in support to dive over, with Locke adding the extras.

A mix-up in Warriors’ defensive line saw the Panthers race through a big gap to score from close range.

Then Roberts dummied his way through on the 30 metre line and, despite being ankle-tapped, was able to regain his feet and dive over, Locke again on target.

Clegg then had a try ruled out for a forward pass before a repeat set gifted Panthers good field position and their big loose forward was able to crash over, with Leyland 12-8 up at the break.

Leyland got the second half off to a flying start when Roberts took the ball to the line and Clegg timed his shoulder run brilliantly, racing under the posts untouched, with Locke converting.

Warriors extended their lead when good hands from Joyce and Sharples released Bennie down the left and he stormed home from halfway.

Back-to-back penalties against Leyland saw Panthers score near the posts from close range to give themselves a glimmer of hope with 15 minutes remaining.

When big yards from Jeffers, Bishop and Anderson took Warriors close, Pocklington was too strong for the Castleford defence and he powered over.

Locke’s conversion restored Leyland’s three-score lead once more.

Warriors continued to press with Browne and Bennie making big gains and when Locke and Bishop moved the ball right, Joyce chimed into the line from full-back for a good team try to make it 32-14 to Leyland.

It was a rusty start from Warriors, with some poor execution resulting in missed opportunities, which was probably to be expected after nine weeks off.

Leyland now play host to Beverley Braves from Hull in the second round of the National Cup on Sunday, February 9.

Warriors are recruiting more junior players at all ages from four upwards.

No experience is needed.Visit www.leylandwarriors.co.uk for more information.