CHORLEY Panthers Under 14s secured the Division One league leaders trophy but it wasn’t without a few nervous moments.

Needing at least a point to secure top spot Panther’s started strongly and went into a 12-0 lead.

The opening score from Tommy Carr and then an individual ‘try of the season’ from scrum half Joe Sumner, who dummied the defence to touch down over the line.

It all looked like the Panthers had booked top spot but credit goes to Burtonwood who came back, cutting out the early errors they pounced on a loose ball on the last tackle right on the stroke of half time to narrow the deficit.

Burtonwood levelled the scores within the first two minutes of the second half.

It was becoming a tense encounter but with 10 minutes to go stand in hooker Jack Kirk spotted a gap from half back to go over and restore the lead with a Tom Williams conversion.

Burtonwood wouldn’t give in and a try out wide narrowed the gap followed by a touchline conversion to bring the score all square.

One point was enough to secure the league title but Panthers wanted the two so when a penalty was awarded, Tom Williams put them back in the lead with the clock counting down.

In a manic end to the game, possession changed hands on numerous occasions, Charlie Mitchinson striking a perfect drop out at one stage to retain possession.

With only minutes left an unexpected penalty was awarded when Panthers had possession and from 40 metres the Burtonwood kicker levelled the scores.

With only seconds left the Bulldogs went for the victory but outstanding defence from Jack Kirk and full-back Kian Langton forced them over the sidelines and the final whistle blew to spark the celebrations.

The u14s now go into the middle-8’s as League winners, a fantastic achievement and reward for the hard work from all the coaches, players and support of all the parents throughout the season, and it showed what team spirit and work ethic can achieve.