North Wales Crusaders U12s enjoyed a comprehensive 38-6 victory at Warrington side Thatto Heath Crusaders.

In their first outing against North West Counties opposition the Wrexham side turned on the style in soaring temperatures.

The hosts seized an early advantage, crossing the whitewash after stealing possession to open up a 6-0 lead after just five minutes.

But the Cru's response was instant, with skipper Joe Jones carrying well in key areas to pressurise the home defence.

Sustained pressure quickly yielded points as full-back Iwan Hughes ran in a hat-trick of tries in the contest.

His efforts were complemented by a brace of tries from Charlie Jones, along with individual scores from Greg Thomas and Khaya Mumvada.

Thatto battled valiantly for a foothold in the game, but found their attacks repelled by some strong tackling inside the visitors' 20m line.

Head Coach, Allen Jones, was delighted with his side's first outing in their new league.

He said: “We are thrilled and delighted with the performance the boys put on today, the result and score were a bonus, but for me the performances, both individually and collectively, were far above what we could have expected at this stage of our development.

"The boys deserve a huge amount of credit”.

The Crusaders Youth Section are running a free taster session for their Minis and U12 sides at the Queensway Stadium on Saturday morning.

For more details contact Allen Jones on 07738 767272 or via e-mail: