Warrington League Champions!Warrington Under 11's Town Team remain unbeaten in the league after this pulsating game against our friends and local rivals Widnes resulting in Warrington becoming League Champions outright with just one league fixture remaining.Warrington v Widnes at Wilderspool Stadium on Sat 8th April 2000 KO 1030 conditions: Dry and sunny pitch: Very firm.Result: Warrington 30 Widnes 16 (half time 18-10)Warrington's Scorers: Tries- Jonathan Smith,Darren Hill,Michael Cooper,Lee Mitchell and Joe Gandy.Goals- Anthony Kelly,Lee Mitchell,Jonathan Smith,Darren Hill and Michael Lineker.This is the first time any Warrington Schoolboy team at any age group has won a major Championship(1st division).The game saw both teams set off with alot of determination Widnes wanting to beat the Champions. First blood went to Warrington with Jonathan Smath finishing off a passage of play which swept from one end of the field to the other. Widnes countered quickly with an astute kick into the in goal area which evaded the Warrington cover to score(6-6). Joe Gandy stormed in to restore the lead but once again Widnes replied out wide on the left after some poor cover work in the Warrington defence(12-10). Warrrington's strength and superior balls skills began to tell, running Widnes' excellent scrambling defence ragged by off loading in the tackle on six consecutive occasions for Michael Cooper to score(half time 18-10).Coach Mike McLoughlin made several changes in the second half ensuring all the squad played David Jones leading the troops well. Lee Mitchell was outstanding with his well timed runs from deep being reward with his own converted try. More good work saw Darren Hill score but a few more chances when a begging when the forwards did not capitalise on colleagues out wide. Widnes punished this indecision with a late try final score 30-16.The match was followed by a presentation of the trophy by Roger Harrison Chairman of Great Britain and Ireland Schools' RL.Their remains one more league game to be played at Leigh on Fri 14th April ko 6.00pm.Other remaining fixtures are the North and West Counties KO Cup and the GB&I Championship play off against Dewsbury, also the squad are due to visit York in the Easter holidays to play in a local tournament.Results so far: League - P11 W11 D0 L0 F296 A54 Pts 22Friendlies - P5 W3 D2 L0 F152 A70Well done boys enjoy the moment you have created history in the annals of Warrington Schools' RL.
11, Apr, 2000