CHORLEY Panthers Under-15s suffered a 24-12 defeat to Westhoughton Lions.

Chorley made an impressive start owning most of the territory early on and easily offering up the best defence.

Despite the Panthers pitching camp firmly in the Lions half possession just couldn’t be turned into points.

Completion rates were low on both sides and the ball was a hot potato with possession exchanging hands for a long period but, when it came to the kill, the Panthers lack of full composure near the try line was to prove costly.

With the first half nearing closure and the Panthers pack putting in big hits from the likes of Josh Buckley and Jake Parkinson it but it was the hosts who took advantage of the only clean break so far to secure 6 points.

The Panthers started their second half giving away possession through error and the Lions taking full advantage to go over for a second and coolly adding the extras.

The Chorley side briefly lost concentration to let the Lions in for another soft try close to the line.

An 18-point deficit meant the visitors now had to play sound rugby to get back in the game and it was tartan express Cameron Matthews who delivered with a swift dash to go over in the corner securing Chorley’s long overdue first four points.

With the resilient Panthers spirits lifting the Lions seized another opportunity to score again and convert.

With a lot to do and little time the Panthers clawed their way back into the game. Some wide expansive rugby put big Jake Parkinson over for his first and MOM Matthews soon followed up with his second to finish the game 24-12.

Elsewhere the U9s were in fine try-scoring form defeating Portico by 12 tries to two.

Chorley went straight into attack with strong drives from the forwards.

After some lovely handling sent the ball wide, debutante Ewan Lunt, on the last tackle, charged in from short range only to be held up over the line.

Portico’s quick and nimble attack was no match for the Panther defence who reacted well, closing down the space and hindering runners in their tracks. With a Panthers’ size advantage over the Portico dominated midfield and good control from half backs Taylor and Miller, it was Chorley who got the ball moving out wide to send the pacey backs in for a number of good tries.

Defence won the game for the Panthers who held out the Portico attack on numerous occasions allowing only two tries the entire game.

Chorley’s numerous tries came Asa (2), Miller (1), Swaz (3), Fin (1), Fisher (1), Jayden (3) and Simmo (1) with Fin Parry collecting the man of the match for outstanding effort throughout.