Promoted Leyland Warriors suffered a 22-14 defeat when they began their North West Men’s League season with a visit from Leigh Miners Rangers.
Both sides settled into their rhythm quickly in a well-contested first half which the visitors edged 10-4, despite Andy Robinson latching on to an attacking kick to score a try for Leyland.
In a similarly equal second half, Miners pulled away with an additional score before Stewart McLean broke through for Warriors.
Leigh extended their lead once more before Will Roper made a clever break to score Leyland’s third try and also added the conversion.
But the visitors held on to win.
Warriors Under-18s were beaten 30-18 at Portico Vine. The hosts scored three tries in the first 20 minutes but Warriors hit back when Josh Walmsley’s smart pass saw Dylan Hart squeeze over.
Just before half-time, Leyland scored again when Jacob Donald won the race to Bailey Locke’s kick, with Locke converting both tries.
In the second half, John Cain crashed through to level the scores, as Locke again goaled.
But some sloppy play late on allowed Portico to grab two quick tries to take the points.
Leyland Under-15s were beaten 40-10 at home by Haydock in the North West Counties Cup.
Leyland actually took the lead when Clough set off on a great run before offloading to Owen Sumner.
Leyland’s other try came from a great run from Kieran Tattersall, with Matthew Wilkins adding the goal.
Warriors Under-11s gained plenty of positives from their game at Haresfinch but still went down 42-24.
Star man Daniel Rimmer scored three tries and there were others from James Broadfield and Matty Quinn.
Leyland Warriors Under-10s went down 30-0 at Higginshaw Eagles in a real game of two halves on a heavy pitch.
From the off, Leyland were caught out by Higginshaw who drove through the Leyland defensive line for two quick tries.
As the half drew on though, Leyland found their feet as Jack Tootell put in a fantastic run, gaining 30 metres before being hauled down close to the line.
This was followed by an excellent run from Nathan Roberts and Tom Down, although Warriors just could not break through, despite star man Luke Weston going really close before being forced into touch.
In the second half, Leyland were far more resilient with strong tackling from Jake Cooper, Leon Whatton and the excellent Zak Bentham.
Warriors began to find more space to attack with Matthew Schmid running the length of the pitch, only to find the boggy conditions and a last-gasp tackle stopping him in his tracks.
But Warriors continued to push on, using the strength of their forwards through the powerful trio of Charlie Hicks, Prentis Nelson and Will Down.
Warriors Under-7s played their first away fixture at Hindley and were unlucky to lose 6-3.