JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE: Mixed weekend of results for Westhoughton Lions
11:13am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
WITH the clock ticking down until the end of the season, the Westhoughton Lions under-11s managed to pull out all the stops and record a narrow 16-14 victory against New Springs.
It was a fantastic game of rugby league with plenty of skill, hard work and big hits as both teams ran themselves into the ground on an overcast morning in Aspull.
New Springs started strongest and were clearly keen to turn the tables on the Lions side who had taken the spoils in the reverse fixture weeks earlier.
At half time the home side were 10-0 ahead in what had been an enthralling game.
The second half saw the Lions click into gear as a team, with a number of players in positions new to them, in a bid to take the game to New Springs.
Tries for Scott Cartright and Matty Taylor on the back of hard running from the forwards and some creative passing from the backs took the game to 10-10 only for New Springs to hit back with four points of their own to make it 14-10 with minutes to go.
Again, the Lions drove forward and set up the play to the right of the pitch for Taylor to sprint across the line, punching the air with delight before a successful conversion was scored.
Meanwhile, the u14s were disappointed to go down 24-6 to Clock Face.
The only scorer for the Lions was Taylor Hyland.
Elsewhere, the u8s welcomed Pilkington Recs to the Den to round off the weekend of rugby at the home of the Lions.
It may not have been the ideal result, going down 5-3, but they showed great spirit during the match.
The Lions started the game strongly with some good solid runs and passing opening up the Pilkington's defence, which gave Jacob Lovett the space he needed to crash over to open the scoring.
The visitors hit back when they ran straight through the Lions’ defence to get back level.
They edged ahead and as the Lions tried to get level but the Recs side had enough.
Despite the Lions’ pressure, Pilkington Recs were 3-1 up when they crossed the whitewash again before half time.
Both teams made a couple of substitutions at the break.
It was Pilkington Recs who were to strike first when a weaving run through the middle took advantage of a weak defensive line to give them a three score lead.
The Lions piled on some pressure and managed to get some reward with Lovett proving strong enough to force his way over for his second of the game.
They had a bit of steel about them and were rewarded with another try after an error from Pilkington Recs gave the home side field position for Jacob to cross again and put the Lions within a score of drawing level.
However, it proved to be a bridge too far for the Lions with Pilkington Recs bringing the scoring to a close with a quality try to finish off the day's rugby in style.