IN the battle of the felines, it was Hindpool Tigers under-15s who dominated Limehurst Lions from start to finish as they recorded a 32-10 victory in the North West Counties Youth League.

Some big runs from forwards Ethan Buchanan, Jack Yool and Ben Moore set the foundations for the backs in the first 10 minutes and Ryan Kyte finally sidestepped his way through to get the first try with Jack Osman getting the conversion.

Hindpool’s defence, which was outstanding the whole game, held strong and forced more mistakes to allow their forwards to lay the platform again, with direct strong running from Lennon Hartle and Max Davies which led to Lewis Stables diving over for the second try and Osman getting the conversion again.

With the Hindpool forwards controlling the middle of the field, it was only a matter of time for big powerhouse Buchanan to get a try for himself and not long after, the very dangerous Osman made a break and finished off a try he converted himself.

With the young Tigers cruising at 22-0, they took their foot off the gas briefly in the second half to allow Limehurst to get a breakaway try which they converted in front of the sticks.

But Hindpool stepped it up again and controlled the rest of play with further first-time tries coming from Kade Silver and Zak Wright, with the latter converted by Stables.

Limehurst managed to get another consolation try in the last two minutes in what is Hindpool’s final game until April 18 at the earliest, after their season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Elsewhere, Roose Pioneers under-15s signed off by getting their league campaign off to a perfect start by thrashing Woolston Rovers 56-6, while Askam under-16s were awarded the victory after visitors Belle Vue Bees couldn’t raise a team.

The Barrow & District Youth League will have to wait to continue after getting under way last weekend, with Hindpool Tigers under-14s defeating Roose Pioneers 34-30 in a thriller.

In the under-12s league, Millom were dominant in defeating Askam 48-0 while Barrow Island claimed a hard-fought 20-14 victory at Walney Central.