Panthers U16 team travelled to Rylands today with just 12 fit men and were again up against a 17 man squad, and again the Chorley boys came away with the moral victory ....
Week in, week out these lads are being asked to step up and deliver in difficult circumstances but they just keep on coming and again today they put in a courageous performance in Warrington.
The visitors started well with both props Jonathan Strange and Anthony Brown going well up front, ably assisted by Terence Markham and Richard Dennis with skipper harry bowers leading from the front. Rylands played some smart rugby and took advantage of a high penalty count and one or two unforced errors to establish a four try lead to go in 22 nil at the break. But Chorley certainly weren't out of it and the mood in the camp was typified when the home side's quickest player broke the line and looked certain to go in from far out, but he was tracked all the way by centre Josh Dyson who made a last ditch tackle to save the day.
In the second half the Panthers kept going at the hosts with some strong running from anton barrow, Brad Tyson and Daniel Gallagher, the two Joes, Clemson and Robinson continue to impress on the wings.
But the star of the show was Tom Sharp who had a busy morning at scrum half, he was involved in everything, he defended superbly and was rightly rewarded with two tries. The first he gathered his own chip kick to go in at the corner and soon after he showed the ball then stepped the defence to go in under the sticks. Barrow added the extras.
Another defeat, but in the scoreline only. This was a brave effort from the 12 men today, they never gave up, they were disciplined throughout, the team spirit was there in abundance and it is from days like today that teams are built. Most importantly all the lads came off the field with a smile on their faces, albeit exhausted.
Well Done to the U16's today, next week we welcome Leigh East to Chisnall.