The North West Men’s League got underway this weekend, here is a roundup of what is happening across all five tiers.
Defending champions West Bank Bears got off to the perfect start, after a 26-10 victory over Thatto Heath Crusaders A away from home.
Tries from Chris Spendlove, Gregg Forbes, Stephen Curphey, Ryan Millington and Ryan Bates claimed victory for the 2019 champions.
Runners up Shevington Sharks also got off to a fine start, claiming a 40-10 victory over Halton Simms Cross at home.
Elsehwere, Orrell St James also started their season off with a win, after a 22-18 win over Wigan St Cuthberts and Heysham Atoms also claimed a narrow 20-16 victory over Blackbrook.
Finally, last year’s second place side Ashton Bears were beaten 14-12 at Halton Farnworth Hornets.
Latchford Albion were the big winners in Division One, claiming a 46-8 win over Haydock away from home. Two tries from Matthew Nash and Charlie McCurrie as well as other efforts from Matthew Ellis, Alex Davies, Dylan Kelly and Matthew Rudd claimed the big win.
Dalton also won big to mark their first game of the new season. They claimed a 24-8 victory over Oldham St Annes A away from home.
Ulverston also won a close encounter 18-16 against Bury Broncos at home.
Haresfinch and Hindley also claimed 16-12 wins over Chorley Panthers and Widnes Moorfield Tigers respectively.
Leigh Miners Rangers A got their 2021 campaign underway with a big 50-12 victory over Hindpool Tigers at home.
Elsewhere, Pilkington Recs A started their season with a win, as they beat fellow St Helens side Thatto Heath Crusaders B 20-10 at home.
Cadishead Rhinos also won a close encounter, 25-18 at home to Westhoughton Lions.
Finally, Wigan St Patricks A got their season underway with a 22-14 win over Folly Lane.
Crosfields A were the big winners in Division Three, after a 63-6 win over Wigan Bulldogs away from home.
Salford City Roosters also started their campaign with a win after beating Woolston Rovers A 30-4.
Finally, Chester Gladiators and Leigh East A played out a 12-12 draw. William Lever scored two tries for Chester while tries from Kyle Carney, Bradley Gallagher and Rhys Lockwood scored for Leigh.
Wigan St Judes A got their season underway with a big 68-12 win over Langworthy Reds at home. Two tries from Lewis Melling, Cailan Gough and Josh Rogerson, as well as other efforts from Reece Storey, Callum Kneafcy, Michael Stevenson, Daniel Clayton, Chris Pimblett and Liam Foster won the game for St Judes.
Clock Face Miners A won a high-scoring encounter 36-18 against Higginshaw. Two tries from Shaun Costello, and others form Ethan Cardall, Michael Morgan, Bryan Unsworth and Cameron Flanagan won the game for Clock.
Elsewhere, Golborne Parkside claimed a 28-16 win over Garswood Stags and Burtonwood Bridge claimed a 14-0 win over Newton Storm.
Division Five North and West
Blackpool Stanley started the 2021 season with an entertaining 44-24 over Garswood Stags A away from home.
Meanwhile, Liverpool Lions claimed an impressive 34-18 win at Preston and South Ribble Rabbitohs.
Division Five South and East
Waterhead Warriors A claimed a 42-24 win over Ince Rose Bridge A away from home in an entertaining encounter to start the season.
Meanwhile, Ashton Bears A also got off the mark after claiming a 34-0 win over Bolton Mets. Tries from Max Ruddock, Daniel Buck, Luke Parkinson, Reece Cassidy, Jack Graham, Joseph Phelan and Connor Partington won the game for the Bears.
Finally, Burtonwood Chargers claimed an opening day victory Runcorn- 26-6 at home.