Late heroics for Panther’s U15 side

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Chorley Panthers Under 15's against Greetland
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Chorley Panthers Under 15's against Greetland
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For the second week running, Chorley Panthers Under-15s team left it to the last minute to grasp a 16-12 victory this time against Greetlands.

It was 20 minutes before any points were scored in an evenly matched first half, when Dan Croniken managed to squeeze through the Greetland defence to give the Panthers a half-time lead of 4-0.

Greetland came out the stronger at the beginning of the second half, using low kicks to the wings forcing Panthers to knock on several times, then using their advantage to break through the Panthers defence and giving them a lead of 4-12.

The Panthers pulled their socks up and tackled hard, and got back into it when Croniken dived over the line. With Ben Roscoe’s conversion the score was 10-12.

With two minutes to go, the Panthers had one more push forward and Ben Roscoe scored the winning try to make it 16–12.

Elsewhere, the Under-13s side recorded a narrow 16-14 win over Shevington.

The Panthers proved to be better in attack and special mention to debutant Connor Twiname who looks like a great prospect for the Black and Whites and a fantastic addition to the Chorley squad.

Meanwhile, a fine display from man of the match Andy Bridge set Chorley on their way to a critical 30-0 win over West Bank to keep the Under-18s side in the play-offs.

Top tackler Danny Helme worked hard together with most improved players John Andrews and two-try hero Alex Bridge.

Hooker Tom Carter opened the scoring with the first of his two tries. Ben Jones was again on target with the boot with a five from five conversion rate and scoring a fine try of his own in the corner.

Chorley Panthers Under-11s performed at their best to beat Wigan St Pat’s 14-28.

Panthers dominated the majority of the game and were never behind.

They went ahead through 16 unanswered points thanks to tries by Jake Havard, Joe Leather and Johnny Carey.

St Pat’s got back into the game but, with the score at 14-16, Panthers closed out the game 14-28 through great tries from forwards Jimmy Fairhurst and Nathan Groom.

However the Panthers Under-7s side lost 24-16 against Halton Farnworth Hornets.

Euan Harmer grabbed a double in a good match with strong play from both sides which was enjoyed by all spectators.

The try-scorers were: Euan Harmer (2), Jack Fairclough and Adam Kirby.

Despite being full of confidence the Panther’s Under-12s side proved their own worse enemies giving up possession early in the tackle count and losing 20-14 against Rylands. Joe Duckworth crossed for a double with Owen Mackie crossing from a well-worked penalty move.

But with the game in the bag the Panthers shut up shop only to see Rylands fight back and win.

There were also defeats for the Under-16s and Under-14s sides.

Paddy Loughlin crossed the line for the Under-16s in their 42-6 loss to Burtonwood.

Meanwhile, the Under-14s were trounced 56-0 against Crosfields.