Leyland Warriors

Leyland Warriors

Leyland Warriors 12 - Crosfield 32

by Phil Roberts

After the terrible weather of the previous week, parents and players were please to see the sun shining on Sunday morning at Moss Side.

This game was a first for the Warriors; having more players than the opposition, lending players and having a substitute this gave the warriors a great boost of confidence which showed in the game.

The Warriors had a good first half attacking well but struggling a little in defence by not moving in as a line, this created gaps and the Crosfield team took advantage of this leaving the score at half time 0-24.

After a quick team talk, Leyland were determined to pull back the score and Harry Ashton took the first run, powering through the defence to run and score on the first tackle. The Warriors heads were lifted and there defence was far better, Top Tackler Harrison Smith got his award for great technique and never giving up chasing the defence.

However, the real improvement came from the whole team in attack as they used a first and second receiver to move the ball further out field. Man of the Match Joseph Clarke worked exceptionally well on the right wing; running strong, supporting others and sprinting onto great passes from Duran Watson and Matthew Parkinson. Forwards Duran, Harry, Joseph and Martin ran straight and hard at the opposition, getting the Warriors close to the try line in almost every set and with a quick pass from acting half, Cameron Harris dived over the try line for Leyland’s second try of the match.

After a few penalties for high tackles, the Warriors were at an advantage with more time in attack, and they ran up the field for a few tackles before shifting the ball across to the opposite side where Joshua Cooper sprinted the ball forward, this worked well for the Warriors as Harry Ashton ran in support to a great pass which earned him his second try of the match.

If the Warriors continue in attack as they did in the second half and focus a little more in moving up in defence they will soon have a victory. Top Trainer of the week Jamie Cleece had a brilliant game and offered to play for the opposition in the second half, driving the ball in and tackling well. Martin Bradshaw played for the opposition in the first half giving a well executed ball to the winger who went on to score. Well done team and keep up this great progress!

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