Prescott hat-trick ensures derby win

Chorley Panthers Under-7s
Chorley Panthers Under-7s

Chorley Panthers took the derby honours as they beat Bamber Bridge 36-22 in a mouth-watering clash in front of a large crowd at Panther Park.

Chorley soon took the lead when winger Alex Bridge fed Neil Prescott who strolled in under the posts, and Prescott soon burst through for a second try too.

In fact, it was pretty much one-way traffic in the first half which ended with Panthers 24-0 ahead after further tries by Sean Anderson and Jack Bury with a fine effort.

All the scores were goaled by skipper Rick Wareing.

After the restart, Prescott completed his hat-trick for

30-0 before Brig finally sparked into life and, in a 15-minute purple patch, went over for three tries to take the scoreline to 30-16.

Wareing eased any home nerves by squeezing in for a try he again improved before Brig scored a consolation effort right at the death.

Chorley remain second in the table at the midway point of the season.

Next week sees a break from competitive rugby as the team entertains the British Army 1st XIII at Panther Park on Saturday afternoon.

This match will be preceded by a match between the Army Over 35s and the Chorley Panthers Masters team.

n Panthers Under-8s beat Newton Storm 40-12.

This was an impressive performance in attack and defence from Harrison Liptrot, backed up by Jake Boltonn and Charlie McDonald, while Deacon Swarbrick and Luke McConnell both scored long-range tries.

n Panthers Under-14s returned to winning ways when beating Leigh East 24-6, largely due to an improved defence.

Scorers were star man Joe Sharatt, Alfie Bowers, Joe Duckworth and Chris Kellett.

n Panthers Under-12s lost

26-20 to Rochdale Mayfield.

Thomas Williams and Matthew Duckworth both scored two tries

n Panthers Under-7s (above) fell to a 32-8 defeat against Halton Hornets.

Tries were scored by star man Ben Dootson and Andrew Hardaker. Top tackler was Nathan Holland and best effort went to Jaxon Worrell.