CHORLEY Panthers Under-9s ended a see-saw battle with a 40-40 deadlock against the Atherton Dragons.

The Panthers went behind in the first set before streaking ahead by four tries before the Dragons got back into it as the Panther kids couldn’t cope with the bright sun in their eyes.

It was tit-for-tat from then on until the end and ended all square with 10 tries apiece.

The Panther tries came from Ben Foster (four), Harry Townsend (three), Jaxon Worrell (two) and an emotional first try for the Panthers by little Jack Townley (man-of-the-match) who finally broke the first line of defence and raced away like a human whippet to score.

There was also top defence came from Isaac Graham who shared the Top Tackler with Townsend, aided by Foster & Worrell.

Notable attacking support came from Poppy Baldry (Best Effort) who made the most yards, while Kyle Forrest and James Baxter both went close.

Daemon McCree displayed deft footwork in his runs too.

Foster was awarded the Magic Moment title award and Worrell was named the opposition man-of-the-match.

Elsewhere, a group of retired volunteers who help work on the grounds with the Panthers were invited to Old Trafford to attend a meal prior to the rugby league’s show case match The Grand Final.

The Friday Club had been invited to a prestigious dinner after they had been nominated as part of the Rugby League Community Awards in the category of ‘Grounds Team of the Year’.

Club chairman Alan Bowers said: “We were all delighted for this group of volunteers as there work throughout the year is exceptional and ensures our grounds are the envy of the North West and beyond.

“Without the Friday Club much of the grounds work would need to be undertaken by coaches.

“So not only does their hardwork present the club in a great way it allows coaches to do what they do best which is nurturing our young players.”