Despite torrential rain starting shortly before kick-off and persisting throughout the game, Leyland were determined to play their usual style of rugby against Crosfields on Saturday.
They still moved the ball wide when possible, and while this did result in some errors, the Warriors defence was more than capable, restricting the visitors to just a single try as Leyland ran out 36-6 winners.
In contrast, the speed of the Leyland forwards saw them repeatedly punch holes in the Crosfields defensive line.
Phil Mills and Peter Heatley (2) bursted through to score well-worked tries and Leyland’s ball movement also resulted in a try for centre
Warriors half-backs, Stewart McLean and Will Roper, attacked the line at every opportunity, both adding tries to the Warriors tally, with Roper also perfect from the boot, with six conversions from six attempts.
This victory means
table-toppers Leyland have won all nine of their league games so far this season.
But they will face a stern test at Moss Side this coming weekend when the visitors are Cadishead Rhinos.
n Ironically, the Under-15s played Cadishead Rhinos in a friendly this weekend and with the visitors a division above Leyland, this was a good test for Warriors.
The game was played at a great pace and early tries were traded.
But by half-time, Cadishead had a 16-6 lead with Matty Grayston crossing the line out wide for Warriors.
Debutant Doug McDonald was having a great game and his powerful drives lifted his team-mates, although a few mistakes began creeping into the Warriors play and Cadishead managed to score a few additional tries.
It was most pleasing to see the huge effort from the Warriors in defence, while their attack was as good as it has been all year – Nathan Burns’ brace of tries in the second half was proof of that.
The game finished 40-16 to Cadishead and Callum Young had what was probably his best game to date, Sam Evans produced a strong performance and Will Douglas was back at his best.
Man of the match went to Joe Kirkby, who was all over the park making breaks and putting his body on the line.
n Leyland Warriors Masters team played host to Crosfields and Blackpool at the weekend and as always, the games were not about performance or results, with the matches officially finishing as draws.
All of the emphasis of Masters rugby league is on skill, enjoyment and friendship with players aged from 40 to 75 all participating, including Warriors’ Ken Broadfield, who has been selected for Great Britain against Australia this summer.
n The Under-16s played host to Cumbrian side Dalton and were hoping to avenge a cup defeat earlier this year.
Leyland started strongly, continuing to build on recent performances and were rewarded with a great try for Jacob Browne, which he also converted.
With Matt Clegg, Lewis Sharples and Connor McHugh all taking the game to the huge Dalton pack, Leyland were good value for their half-time lead.
When Dalton did hit back, Dylan Hart scored a great solo try from inside his own half to edge Warriors back in front.
But with 15 minutes left, it all started to go awry for Leyland as a succession of injuries saw them lose several key players, and they played out the game with just 12 men.
Dalton took full advantage and scored three converted tries to make the final score 28-12 to the visitors.