Fitting tribute for Mark

Michael Jessiman in action for Chorley Panthers Open Age in the Mark Evans Memorial Game
Michael Jessiman in action for Chorley Panthers Open Age in the Mark Evans Memorial Game

There were mixed emotions in Coppull at the weekend as Chorley Panthers Open Age side took on Wigan St Judes in the Mark Evans memorial game.

A large crowd gathered at Panther Park to pay their respects to the dad of two who passed away suddenly last year at the DW Stadium whilst watching Wigan Warriors.

Mark’s wife Sam was on hand to lead the tributes together with sons Ben and Jack who play for the Panthers 13’s and 11’s respectively.

The occasion was marked with a minutes applause in memory of Mark prior to kick off and Sam then presented the Mark Evans Memorial Trophy after the game.

The match itself was a tight affair with St Judes just about edging it and deserved the 18-10 win.

St Judes then took the lead with a well worked try before Chorley showed some neat handling to put Neil Prescott in at the corner.

The visitors went over again before the break to leave the score 6 - 8 at the break.

In the second half, St Judes capitalised on Panthers’ errors and ran in two further tries to give them an 18 - 6 lead.

Chorley bounced back with a try from Robert Campbell and despite the home side enjoying much of the territorial advantage in the closing stages the Wiganers managed to hang on for the win.

On Sunday, the U13 side saw off Langworthy Reds 26-6 and progressed to the semi-finals of the NWC Cup.

Tries from second row George Minton, stand off Jack Thompson and a hat-trick from man of the match Owen Farnworth capped an outstanding display from the Panthers` fullback.

The Reds were restricted to just one score through some brutal Chorley defence, led by hard working loose forward Dominic Norris.

Elsewhere, Cameron McDonnell, Tom Hunterm Daniel Kirkby, Dylan Glover adn Adam Lister crossed the line as the Panthers U9 side won 34-4.

However, there was disappointment for the U7 side who deserved the 12-12 draw with West Bank Bears.

Jack Fairclough and Frank Ingham were on the scoresheet for the Panthers.

The Panthers U18 side were knocked out of the NWC Cup losing 20-18 to Wigan St Patricks.

Rick Haythornthwaite (two) andTom Carter both touched down for the Panthers.