Warriors’ double act

Defensive action from Warriors Under-14s' 32-28 win over Blackpool Stanley
Defensive action from Warriors Under-14s' 32-28 win over Blackpool Stanley
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Leyland Warriors ARLFC open-age team completed a double when travelled to Chester Gladiators for the second consecutive week.

Having defeated the home side in the league, they ran out 42-16 winners in the North West Men’s League Shield.

With a semi-final spot at stake, Gladiators tried to overpower Warriors early in the piece but once more, the Leyland forwards were a match.

In a similar pattern to the previous week, this allowed the Warriors half-back partnership of Will Roper and Stewart McLean to not only create space for their outside backs to exploit but they successfully attacked the Chester line, both scoring a pair of tries.

Leyland added further tries through Mark Quinn, Danny McLean, John Boles and Stephen Bryan.

Roper capped a man-of-the-match performance by adding five conversions.

The club’s Masters team took part in a festival at Whitehaven.

And although all Masters games officially end in a draw, the team performed well in each game and Martin McColl collected the Master of the Tournament trophy.

Meanwhile, Warriors Under-16s played in a friendly at Blackbrook Blues in St Helens and with the Leyland pack firmly on top, they led 24-6 at the break after tries through Brandon Jones, James Jeffers and Connor McHugh (2) with Bailey Locke converting all four.

Continuing to play to the edges, Leyland added further scores after the break from Joe Haddon, Jamie Joyce, Jones’ second and McHugh completed his hat-trick, with Jeffers and Matt Clegg adding conversions to make the final score 44-12.

Leyland’s Under-14s had a Lancashire derby game against Blackpool Stanley and they held the early momentum, racing into a 16-0 lead.

However, a brave fight back by Blackpool saw them draw level and from then onwards, the game was a close-run affair.

Matthew Wilkins and Ryan Stansfield both scored two tries, Oli Buchanan, Henry Aspey and man of the match Owen Sumner also scored.

Matthew Ryan and 
Jordan Clift also added conversions as Warriors triumphed 32-28.