Warriors suffer at Miners’ hands

Bailey Locke carries the ball forward for Leyland Warriors Under-18s side in their win against Culcheth Eagles
Bailey Locke carries the ball forward for Leyland Warriors Under-18s side in their win against Culcheth Eagles
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A depleted Leyland Warriors went down 39-10 defeat to high flying Leigh Miners, a scoreline which did not reflect the match.

The hosts led 17-0 after 16 minutes, with Leyland full-back Joe Ainscough the busiest man on the pitch.

Despite this, Warriors worked their way patiently back into the game and they were rewarded when good hands saw Mark Worrall held up short on the left, and Stewart McLean dived over, with Adam Wood converting.

Warriors continued to apply pressure, and McLean scored his second try wide on the right after good work from Ben Renton and Andy Robinson.

As the game entered the final 15 minutes, Leyland began to tire, resulting in four late tries to Miners.

Elsewhere, Leyland’s Under-18s extended their unbeaten start in Division One to seven matches with a 42-6 win over Culcheth Eagles, with tries from Niall Andrew (2), Jacob Donald, Nathan Blamire (2), Bailey Locke and Jack O’Regan.

Locke kicked all seven conversions.

Warriors Under-10s lost 30-24 to Golborne Parkside.

Matthew Schmid and Jack Tootell (3) scored their tries.

The Under-9s had a 24-24 draw against Saddleworth with scores from Harry Jones, Harry Storey (4) and Declan Fell.

Leyland started well with a powerful drive up the field from Storey with a brilliant sidestep, weaving in and out of the Saddleworth players for Jones to score the first try of the game.

Despite great tackling from Fell and Ellis Grice, they could not hold off the opposition who hit back with a four-pointer of their own.

Warriors soon took the lead again with a great try from Storey. This rattled Saddleworth and they pushed though the Leyland defence to score again before a further try for Storey made it 16-16 at the break.

The second half got under way with a drive up the field from Eddy Marlow, who was soon stopped in his tracks by Saddleworth who were charging forward.

Just when it looked like the game could not get any better, Jones offloaded to Storey, who scored his third try of the game.

Saddleworth scored a try in response.

But Warriors picked themselves up and put some outstanding offloads and some fantastic tackling in which resulted in tries from Fell and Storey.

As the game came to a close, Saddleworth scored two more tries against a tiring Leyland and it ended in a draw.

Warriors Under-8s beat Chester 40-20. Toby Rich danced through to score the opening try, followed a quick try from Aidan Downes.

Luke Schmid went over in the corner from a quick ball from debutant Reuben 
Welch-Schofield, before a further try from Riley McFarlane.

There were further tries from Rich, with a length-of-the-field run, Ryan Finch and Downes, before Reuben caught the Chester defence napping on his debut.

In the final period McFarlane bamboozled the defence to score, and Schmid scored in the corner.

Following the previous success of the last three years, Leyland Warriors are running a number of Summer Camps in the 
school holidays, which are suitable for all primary school-aged children regardless of experience.

For more information, visit leylandwarriors.co.uk.