WESTHOUGHTON Lions Under-15s ran riot at home to record a 62-14 victory over Cadishead Rhinos and cap a successful weekend for the club’s junior side.
After a nail-biting recent cup contest between the two sides, the latest match started out as a tight affair.
The visitors fired the first salvo in a gripping opening quarter to put themselves 6-0 up with a well taken converted try.
Dec Ali got the ball rolling for the Lions as he broke through some desperate defence to stretch out and score under the posts.
Further tries from Taylor Hyland, Paul Moores and a second from Ali allowed the Lions some breathing space at 24-6 but the Rhinos were to charge back just before the break to make it 22-10.
Their hope was shortlived as the Lions began to outpace and outplay the visitors after the interval.
Kieron Dalziel made it 28-10 with a converted try before players’ player of the match Ali completed his hat-trick.
Cadishead managed a consolation effort to peg the score back to 34-14 before the Lions moved up the gears again.
Unusually for him, James Teixeira waited until late in the second half before crossing the line for the first of what was to become three amazing tries.
Fast running and elusive Paul Moores added a second before the unstoppable Ali stepped in for his fourth of the day to round off the scoring.
Harrison Parker caught the attention of the two coaches to earn their award for his breaks and tackle count.
The Lions’ U18s side also won, but were pushed all the way by Accrington Panthers in their 20-18 victory.
Away from Wearish Lane, the U12s were also on the march in the knockout cup.
They won 28-8 at Culcheth Eagles to book a place in the semi-finals of the cup. Tobias Kinwood-Bailey and Sam Hulme both scored two tries each before Scott Cartright sealed the victory with the final try.
The U11s also showed great potential in defeat at home to a strong Langworthy Reds side, who ran out 36-14 winners. Jon Sixsmith and Lewis Hart scored tries while every member of the team played their part with some bonecrunching tackles.
The Under-8s finished off the weekend drawing seven tries apiece with Langworthy Reds, with Jack Costello and Fabio Walsh both scoring two tries each.