Haydock welcomed Lancashire outfit Leyland Warriors to Yick Stadium, King George’s Park on the back of a good performance mid week and were chomping at the bit.
The big crowd weren’t disappointed when straight from kick off, block busting forward Ben Ashton got the Yickers down the other end of the pitch, the next play lightening quick fullback, Connor Johnson, left the Leyland defence for dead scoring a great try. Dead shot goal goal kicker, Keiron Jones, converting, 6-0.
The kick off went out on the full and Leyland got into Haydocks half and after a barrage of good hard drives from the Leyland forwards, they scored but missed the conversion, 6-4.
Haydock received the kick off and Kai Kearns went on a barnstorming run knocking the Leyland defenders down like skittles, went down the flank but was bundled into touch unfortunately. Leyland took advantage of field position and agains the run of play to score and take the lead, 6-12.
Haydock must have thought they were in for an easy day at the office so booked up their ideas and ran hard, gaining valuable yards with Logan Jones going in at the corner, 12-12 Haydock had woken up.
Again the ball went out on the full from the kick off, Leylands strong pack pounded the Haydock defence, Robbie Edwards again tackling perfectly and with no fear, like a young Sam Burgess. Haydocks goal line defence was impregnable and Haydock held out, good strong runs from Jamie Short, Ewan Haughton and Kai Kearns got Haydock good field position, Keiron Jones showing his silky skills in stepping though the defence with ease scoring under the posts to take the game to 18-12.
Leyland were down but not out, again their strong pack ran hard at the Yickers but great goal line defence from Ollie Smith, Owen Dalecki, Caidan Hart-Wilson and most notably, Connor Johnson, kept Leyland out.
Haydock gained possession, strong drives again from Robbie Edwards, Owen Dalecki, Connor Johnson got Haydock up the field and Keiron Jones again going over for the second of a brace, 22-12 conversion missed.
Haydock were in full control of the game at this point.
The Leyland men gritted their teeth and battled well, they gained possession and went over for a try dead on half time, 22-16.
The second half got underway, Ethan Ross made use of space and was just kept from scoring in the corner. Caidan Hart-Wilson who has been practising hard over the last few months took advantage of lazy marker play and scooted from 20 metres out beating defenders for pace and crossing for his first try of the season, 28-16.
Leyland ran hard but were kept out, Haydock too returned the favour. Leyland coughed up possession, quick thinking Keiron Jones intercepted and handed to Tana Bayliss who ran 20 metres to score under the posts, 34-16 and Haydock who were well in control were now running away with the game.
Caidan Hart-Wilson again took advantage of lazy marker play crossed the line from 20 metres out but was held up. The Yickers played the ball 10 metres out and Connor Harrison on debut ran hard and evasively, he got over the line to score but it was judged as a knock on unfortunately.
Jamie Short ran hard and deceptively scoring a cracking individual try, 40-16.
Todd Wood received the ball from kick off and ran hard, handing out hand offs like they were going out of fashion to all and sundry making valuable ground for the Yickers. Connor Harrison and Ethan Ross running hard getting Haydock up the pitch, the Yickers had the bit between their teeth and were queuing up to score. Keiron Jones skipped through the Leyland defence and Owen Dalecki was there in support to go for Dalecki’s first try of the campaign, Keiron Jones converting 46-16.
Leyland, who really did try hard took advantage of a Haydock mistake and scored right at the final whistle 46 - 22.
It was a great performance all round, played in good spirits and all the kids enjoyed it, confidence is flowing ready to play Pilkington Recs at home on Wednesday night 6pm kick off. All rugby fans welcome to come down and cheer on the boys in this St Helens derby. All of the Haydock lads are looking forward to it.
Parents Award - Caidan Hart-Wilson for his perfect distribution from hooker and use of nous, a player who is improving week on week and it shows that hard work pays off.
Opposition Coaches Award - Keiron Jones for his silky skills in attack, his dead shot kicking whether from hands or cone and his selflessness at scrum half, a real team player.
Coaches Award - We had 2 this week due to both of them running hard and tackling hard, both of them really wanted to impress and improve and had their best games in a Haydock shirt. Jamie Short and Ethan Ross.
Warrior Of The Match - The Award given for the hardest working, most effort shown and to the person who shows the most guts and determination went to Connor Harrison on debut.
Updated 21:43 - 8 May 2018 by Andy Howlett