LEYLAND Warriors Under-7s took a trip down to St Helens to play Clock Face Miners and came away with a 28-24 victory.

The Warriors’ defence was brilliant. Defending from their own try line, They kept Clock Face out despite them having five attempts within 10 metres of the line, with Sam Smith stopping one of the stronger runs.

Going forward, the boys made some great runs. To name just one, Alfie Fell carried the ball from Leyland’s 10m line to within Clock Face’s 10m line and rounded several defenders.

Man of the match went to Archie Brindle, while top tackler was Matty Broadfield.

Among the try scorers were Harry Bluck, George Johnson-Holland, Alfie Fell (two) and Matty Broadfield (three).

Elsewhere, the U10s were on home ground today against the Langworthy Reds and put on a spectacle for the fans with a 40-28 victory against Langworthy Reds.

Starting strongly, the Warriors were determined to defend well and go in hard on the tackles. Some fantastic runs down the pitch to the try line from Aaron Twist and Harry Storey saw the Warriors lead the first half by four tries to two.

Declan Fell, Twist, Ellis Grice and Noah Smith followed each try through with stunning conversions, giving the Warriors a healthy lead.

The Warriors were on form with some great runs, giving us metres of ground from Curtis Henderson-Shepherd, Storey and Fell, while Rob Holden, Noah Smith and Eddie Marlow were demonstrating exceptional tackling skills with the tackling, bringing the opposition down. The first half ended 24-10 to Leyland, after an eventful 30 minutes of play.

Coming back on for the second half the Warriors mood had dropped and they looked tired, Twist and Declan Fell managed to scored a couple of tries but the Reds were managing to close the gap and started catching up. It was time to dig deep and not let the hard work of the first half be forgotten, so defence stepped up. Sophie Coxhead, Logan Woods, Jacques Henson and Luke Williams created strong lines, without gaps, which prevented The Reds from levelling the scores.

At 32-28 with seven minutes left to play, they were determined to finish on a high. great communication and offloading from the team as a whole, gave Twist and Storey the opportunities to score another two fantastic tries.

Meanwhile, Chorley Panthers U14s rose to the challenge in the top-of-the-table clash with Thatto Heath and ran out 30-20 winners.

The Panthers looked sharp and determined to retain their number 1 spot and opened the scoring when Alex Ritchings supported a break to go over.

The second score saw Tom Greenhalgh stepped on the halfway then went go through the smallest of gaps to race 50m for a try. From the restart, Panthers then handed over possession to open the door for Thatto Heath to get on the scoreboard.

Matthew Duckworth then went in for his first of the game but, on the stroke of half-time, a lapse in concentration in defence allowed Thatto to narrow the gap and the teams turned around with Panthers holding a 14-12 lead.

After the half-time team-talk the Panthers hit a purple patch from the off, Tom Williams spotting a gap on the last tackle to break the line and a kind bounce from a kick ahead led to a try of the half.

Straight from the restart, Duckworth went on a storming run to increase the lead before completing his hat-trick minutes later.

Thatto Heath showed great spirit to fight back to go over twice more but were unable to convert on both occasions so although there was a tense last five minutes it never looked like Thatto would wrestle to points.

There were also celebrations for the U9s after they defeated Wigan Bulldogs by 11 tries to five.

For the Panthers, man of the match Poppy Baldry’s ferocious running throughout the game made up more yards that anyone, constantly troubled the Bulldogs’ defence and brought her agonising close to securing a try for herself.

Penetrating runs from Ben Foster saw him secured another hat-trick, while Billy Stephens (two), Kyle Forrest, Daemon McCree, Ben Baxter, Isaac Graham, Jaxon Worrell and Harry Townsend all chipped in with tries.

Before injury forced retirement, Billy Stephens impressed again with two early tries.

Kyle Forrest’s (Best Effort) hard work saw him score a rare try and Daemon McCree (Magic Moment) got his first after 18 months of solid attempts.

Ben Baxter also got in on the act crossing in the corner for his first just before the end.