New kit deal for the Panthers

Chorley Panther U13 team sponsored by Plumbase
Chorley Panther U13 team sponsored by Plumbase
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The Chorley Panthers U13 side proudly displaying their new kit which has been sponsored by Plumbase.

Local branch manager Rob Taberner said: “We are a Yorkshire based company with our head office in Huddersfield but as we expand nationally we are only too happy to invest in the great sport of rugby league.”

The Panthers U13 side have reached the North West Counties Cup Final and will take on St Helens side Blackbrook next month in what promises to be a classic finale to the competition.

Elsewhere, the Panthers U12 side defeated Crossfield 30-0 on Friday evening.

The boys were in blistering form and turned in a first class display in defence. The tone was sent when centre Ben Carleton launched in to the attacking Crosfield outfit and repelled run after run with some superb one on one tackling.

This ensured that the Crosfield outfit could never get in to their stride and with an opening score from Man of the Match Josh Rourke tries quickly followed from Owen Macke, Cam Moss, Harry Phillips, Ben Carleton,Chris Kellett and try of the game for Joe Bowden.

On the same night, the Panthers Open Age side lost 26-18 to Ince Rose Bridge.

The Panthers conceded two early tries to go 12 points behind.

They then settled into the game with both props Rob Speakman and Tony Fitzgerald putting the Panthers on the front foot. Following a good spell of pressure skipper Rick Wareing darted over for an opportunist try which he converted to make it 12 - 6.

Some shocking defence from the Panthers let Ince in again to take an 18 - 6 lead but Mick Jessiman soon replied going over to make it 20 - 10 at the break.

In the second half it was all Chorley and they were soon over with a great try from Man of the Match Mark Lowe.

There were further scores by Jack Bury and Speakman but it ended 26-18 to Ince Rose Bridge.

The Panthers have a week off, then Haresfinch at home on June 9.