LEYLAND Warriors Men’s Division Five team travelled to Orrell St James for an eagerly anticipated top of the table clash last weekend and suffered a 36-16 loss.

Unsurprisingly there was a very even start to the match, with both sides fighting to gain dominance in the middle of the pitch.

It was Leyland who struck first after big carries from Liam Deans and Sam Biggs, a couple of sharp passes saw Ryan Sumner force his way over and Joe Ainscough converted.

Unfortunately, the Warriors messed up the restart and gifted possession back to Orrell, who promptly levelled the scores.

Dismissing the error, Leyland got back into the game and began to get some control of the match, with their defence keeping Orrell at their own end of the pitch. Unable to get through the middle, Orrell went wide in their own danger area and Josh Bond read the play superbly, intercepted the pass and raced over, with Ainscough on target again.

With more than a hint of déjà vu, Leyland coughed up possession when exiting their own try line and the score was locked at 12-12 at the break.

It was the hosts who struck first in the second period, with a well worked try out on the left and the score remained unchanged for almost 20 minutes before Leyland struck back as Matt Adamson powered over to make it 18-16.

However, that was as good as it got for Leyland as Orrell seemed to find another gear as the Warriors tired and despite no lack of effort, especially from man of the match Bailey Locke, the hosts ran in three late tries to make the final score 36-16.

A disappointing result, and especially scoreline, for the Warriors but the two sides meet again in a few weeks’ time so Leyland have an early chance for redemption. Next week the Warriors’ Division Two side travel to Blackpool Scorpions and the Division Five side are at home to Salford City Roosters.