Panthers hopes of cup glory are over

Chorley Panthers
Chorley Panthers

After a storming start to the season, Chorley Panthers open-age side were brought back down to earth as they crashed out of the North West Counties Cup against a determined Bold Miners.

The St Helens outfit were first on the scoresheet before prop Neil Prescott hit back with a try of his own.

Young winger Alex Bridge managed to squeeze in at the corner in the second half but it was nip and tuck as both sides exchanged scores.

Lewis Smith and Bridge added further scores but a late rally from the Miners meant the visitors secured a 30-28 victory.

The Under-12s bounced back from a midweek defeat to earn a well-deserved draw against Wigan St Jude’s.

Panthers started brightly and had a 10-0 lead inside nine minutes thanks to tries from Matthew Duckworth.

But a lapse in concentration saw Jude’s hit back to take the lead.

Duckworth then pounced on a loose ball seconds before the break to give Panthers the lead.

With four minutes left, Jude’s broke the Panthers back line to equalise but the conversion was missed and the game finished 16-16.

The Under-11s thrashed Cadishead 46-22.

Adam Lister grabbed four tries with Brad Schofield also crossing the whitewash four times.

Further tries were scored by Tom Hunter (2) and Cameron O’Donnell.

Panthers Under-15s lost 20-10 against Leigh Miners Rangers.

The Under-14s defeated Thatto Heath 20-18.

Joe Sharratt (2), Alfie Bowers and Josh Gaskell (2) the try scorers.

The Under-7s defeated Ashton 12-8, Nathan Holland, Curtis Baker and Billy Stephens the try scorers.

The Under-8s lost 20-12 against Ryland Sharks.