A NEW era of rugby league in Latchford got off to a successful start.
Albion cemented their move to the Victoria Park Arena pitch with a victory against Oldham St Annes, watched by around 150 supporters.
It is understood Warrington Wolves’ under 19s Academy team could share the club’s new permanent base – also home to Warrington Athletics Club - when Wilderspool Stadium, sitting in an area of planned regeneration, is knocked down.
Councillors are due to consider the possibility of additional fencing and moderations to the existing changing rooms beneath the arena’s main stand when Warrington Borough Council’s planning committee tonight, Wednesday.
Albion chiefs, who have confirmed an annual increase in the senior team’s game costs from £500 to £2,000 with a move across the park, have also highlighted a plan for a two-floor clubhouse with four changing rooms, shower facilties and kitchens.
The debut Arena season is being funded by sponsors Redline Recruitment, with fundraisers to be held throughout the year to help cover costs in future seasons.
Club coach Mike Byron said: “This move has been two years in the making and marks a great progression for the club and its senior open age side.”
Latchford Albion 46 Oldham St Annes 16
LATCHFORD celebrated the first North West Men’s League match to take place at their new home with a hard-fought victory.
Kyle Sherratt had the honour of being their first try scorer.
Drew Bradley supported a good break to move the score on, but the dismissal of Lee Smith for a punch changed the game.
St Annes reduced the deficit with a try and only a great defensive effort managed to hold the visitors out for the rest of the half.
Latchford regrouped at the break and extended the lead with tries by Sam Dobson and Dave Saunders.
Oldham responded with two converted tries to reduce the deficit to two points but the home team showed superior fitness and skill.
A converted try from returning second rower Matty Patterson put Latchford back on track.
With the guests tiring, further scores were added by Dobson, Bradley, Middlemore and Saunders.
Latchford: Middlemore; Bradley, Woolvine, Leveson, Sherratt; Yii, Dobson; Hickman, Whitehead, Smith, Hill, Delaney, Patterson. Subs: Lyon, Stanger, Dobson, Skidmore.