CHORLEY Panthers Under-9s flew the flag for the Chisnall-based club with an impressive 16-12 victory against Langworthy Reds.

Visiting Salford’s Langworthy Reds for the first time, an under resourced Panthers U9s were supplemented by some willing and enthusiastic Reds for what proved to be a low scoring yet exciting match where defence was the name of the game.

Playing a new defensive sweeper role, Isaac Graham pulled off multiple try-saving tackles throughout as well as scoring Chorley’s match-winning try.

Putting himself about in typical fashion, top tackler Ben Foster’s galloping runs caused havoc amongst the Reds defence and secured him a brace of tries.

Jaxon Worrell had an outstanding game in both attack and defence, delivering the ball over the line for a hard won try and narrowly missing on a second after a run that took him past the whole of the opposition until caught inches before the line.

Ben Baxter demonstrated solid all round improvement and Poppy Baldry’s strong performance attracted the opposition’s man-of-the-match award.

James Baxter, Kyle Forrest and Damon McCree contributed massively to the team’s wall like defence.

Elsewhere, the u14s bowed out of the Cup against a strong Wigan St Judes outfit in a 52-0 defeat.

Despite a fantastic effort from the Panthers boys the gap between the Premiership and Division One was clear to see with the Panthers constantly having to defend.

Initially holding firm, the Panthers made a promising start but once the defence was breached it was one-way traffic.

After a great week’s preparation ahead of the match, Chorley’s composure was disrupted early on when influential hooker, Tom Greenhalgh, suffered a broken collarbone in the first five minutes.

When Panthers did have possession they lacked their usual fluency and pushed the pass.

It was a lesson for the Panthers and set a benchmark for how the team wants to be playing weekly.

Next week the U14s will be back in league action but absent of a couple of key players.

If they can go on to seal the league’s top spot.