JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE: Mixed results for Westhoughton Lions
WESTHOUGHTON Lions had mixed results with one win and two defeats on the opening day of the new junior rugby league season.
The under-11s came out on top 46-22 after a close-fought contest with a powerful Fitton Bulldogs side.
Lions opened the scoring when Oliver Owen side-stepped his way to the first try of the game.
Matt Taylor then took the eye with a hat-trick and Regan Brown crossed the line twice.
The second half saw some ferocious tackling from both sets of players and the home side fought hard to come out on top after some great defence from and Aaron Biggs and Al Bocys.
The Lions now pushed forward and there were further tries for Tobias Kinwood-Bailey and Mike Evans.
Again Fitton Hill drove forward and again they put points on the board, but a magnificent team effort and some great individual try-stopping hits from Scott Cartright and Sam Barlow kept Westhoughton in front.
As the game drew to a close they were able to work the ball forward, allowing Logan Parton to power across the line to put the icing on the cake.
Lions U10s entertained a strong and physical Saddleworth side, eventually losing 20-10 on a breezy Sunday morning at the Den.
The excellent young Lions scored an early try through strong running centre Sam Barlow.
He added the conversion to make it 6-0 but Saddleworth levelled the score soon after and took a 10-6 lead by the break.
In the second half, Saddleworth extended their lead with two further tries to make it 20-6.
Stand-off Jon Sixsmith attacked the line and put Hart in the corner for a great team try, and with the kick slipping to the right of the posts the score stayed at 20-10.
Saddleworth coaches voted Adam Walsh and Lewis Hart as joint men of the match.
The Lions entertain Oldham St Annes this Sunday. For more information on training times contact Neil Hart on 07789 031482.
Meanwhile, the coaches of the Lion’s U7s team can take comfort from their performance in an 8-5 defeat to Ashton Bears.
More pictures from the game can be seen here.