Silsden Storm u-12s 10 West Bowling u12's 12

HEAVY conditions didn't set the tone for expansive play and it was West Bowling who appeared to cope better with the pitch in the first half as they led 12-0 at the break.

There were lots of handling errors by both teams in what was very much a forwards game, with Bowling's pack having the edge.

It was a different story after the break, with Ellis Sands and Joe Beck leading the charge in attack and making some major yards.

Jacob Haigh scooted over from close range and Robson Weir converted to give Silsden a massive boost.

They took control through some excellent drives and great defensive big hits by Demi-lea Jade Greig, who won the top tackler award and supporters' player of the match.

It was great to see Sands back to his best and he gained a well-deserved try in the corner from 15 yards out, which earned him the magic moment award.

He also won the coaches' and opposition man of the match

Weir earned player of the week for his excellent organisational play in attack and for controlling his team around the field.

Storm's first league match of the season is this week at home to Normington Knights.

Silsden Storm u-11s 0 West Bowling u-11s 44

In difficult conditions, Bowling won the toss and were straight on the scoresheet, crossing the line after a knock-on from the home side.

The visitors' experience and large squad saw them run in a further brace of tries against the newly-formed Silsden side, whose heads never dropped despite being on the back foot for most of the game. Charlie Sayer earned himself opposition man of the match and magic moment for a gutsy display, which included a 50-metre break for the try line before he was just held up short.

Silsden's man of the match was Brody Leach, who never stopped running and defended like a trojan.

Storm start their competitive season next week against the same opponents at home.