Bury strikes late to win derby

Tony Fitzgerald in action against Bamber Bridge for Chorley Panthers open age team
Tony Fitzgerald in action against Bamber Bridge for Chorley Panthers open age team
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Chorley Panthers open-age team claimed the derby day bragging rights with a hard-fought 30-26 victory over Bamber Bridge.

The contest was a feisty affair with a number of big tackles in evidence.

Bridge looked like they were going to inflict a first league defeat on Panthers until Tom Bury took advantage of a loose ball and crossed the whitewash to seal a narrow victory.

Rick Wareing, Michael Jessiman, Mark Lowe and Tom Sharp were the other try scorers for Panthers.

n The Under-11s lost 28-26 against Orrell in a super game.

Lukas Prescott scored two early tries and then kicked the extras but a sloppy finish saw Orrell reduce the deficit.

The second half started quickly, with Orrell scoring two tries.

But Prescott again crossed the whitewash on two occasions leaving Orrell with only a slim lead.

Tiredness started to creep in and Orrell scored two late tries but Prescott ensured a nervy finish as he scored his fifth try of the match.

n Panthers Under-13s emerged victorious in the North West Counties Cup as they defeated Langworthy Reds 28-16.

Panthers defied the weather and were determined to give the ball width, which resulted in a first hat-trick from centre Charlie Mitchinson.

Langworthy were always in the game and scored tries of their own but skipper Matthew Duckworth scored late on to seal a deserved victory.

n It was a day to forget for a depleted Under-15s side as they lost 42-0 against Blackbrook.

Injuries, illness and availabilties took its toll but nothing should be taken away from Blackbrook, who put in a fine performance on a bleak Sunday morning.

Brook drew first blood with a well-worked try, Panthers responded but no matter what they did, the Brook defence stood tall.

The hosts then extended their lead and from kick-off, they ripped through the Panthers defence.

Tiredness started to have an impact and Brook continued to run in a number of scores.

Despite the dominant scoreline, the lads never gave up and they took e verything the Brook attackers threw at them.

Josh Rourke was awarded the man-of-the-match award while Jai Lilley, Cam Moss, Chris Kellett, Jake Pass and Alfie Bowers also impressed.