Leyland Warriors ARLFC men’s team kicked off their season with an 18-12 win at Warrington side Crosfields.
Warriors took an early lead when Robinson simply outpaced his marker to score, with Cox adding the extras.
Despite Crosfields having the much bigger pack, Warriors looked too mobile and were clearly in control when Bryan capitalised on a good shift to the left to score, Cox again on target.
Leyland then added a third score when Lorenzen ran a great line at speed to burst through for a try, Cox converting again.
Warriors had defended superbly, limiting their opponents’ possession and although they created several try scoring opportunities, a bit of early season rustiness saw them fail to execute the final pass and for most of the game, Leyland led 18-0.
With Warriors clearly in control, a succession of injuries forced a major reshuffle and two Crosfields tries in quick succession towards the end of the game made for a tense final few minutes.
But Leyland kept their composure and were deserved 18-12 winners to get their league season off to a good start.
Warriors Under-10s were also on the road, at Wigan St Cuthbert’s and they played some great rugby to come away with a 38-24 win.
St Cuthbert’s scored first but Warriors soon responded and tries came from Daniel Rimmer, top tackler Dylan Kenyon, Matthew Quinn and Ethan Cockroft, who also added a conversion.
The second half got off to a good start for Cuth’s but Leyland raised their game still further and played with great team spirit.
Rimmer bagged another two tries – one from James Broadfield’s neat grubber kick – and Dylan Kenyon and Matthew Crompton both added to the score.
Elsewhere, Leyland’s Under-9s can take plenty of positives out of their second ever game as they hosted an experienced Pilkington Recs team.
Warriors started well with some strong running by Matthew Schmid, Zak Bentham and Charlie Hicks.
Much of the early play was confined to the Pilkington half as some superb defensive work from debutants Theo Sturgess and Ali Randall, supported by the excellent Luke Weston, held them at bay.
But Warriors’ inexperience began to show through as the Recs began to exploit gaps in the Leyland defence with some excellent running and tries from their speedy wingers.
Leyland continued to battle on though and scored a fantastic try from Zak Bentham who powered through the heart of the Pilkington defence.
But Pilks’ experience began to tell and they scored a succession of quick tries from their speedy forwards despite some excellent tracking back from Matthew Schmid who, with Tom Cain and Nathan Roberts, managed to repel a succession of what seemed certain tries. The final score was 34-4 to the visitors.
Warriors Under-13s gave a very determined performance at home to St Cuthberts in the North West Counties Development Cup but went down 32-0 after playing the entire match with just 10 players against 13.
Similarly, Leyland’s Under-14s were short-handed against Langworthy Reds in the same competition. Despite the visitors’ numerical superiority, Leyland scored two great tries from Owen Sumner and Henry Aspey, with Myles Hemmings adding a conversion in a 36-10 defeat.