BRIGHOUSE welcomed near neighbours West Bowling ‘A’ to Russell Way.
With a heavy frost having set in the night before the game looked in doubt early in the morning.
However, glorious sunshine did the trick and the referee, with the opposition team coming only down the road from Odsal, made a late decision and decided the field was fit to play.
In the first half early honours were even.
West Bowling were controlling the possession and this led to them taking the lead with a try to the left of the uprights.
Brighouse were rocked with an injury to former Bradford Bulls reserve grade hooker Stuart Proctor, his replacement however set up the first try for Rangers with his first touch.
Mark Horne sent in Scott Bradley with a wonderful pass and he sliced through the defence to score under the uprights.
Gary Proctor converted to level the scores.
The Brighouse pack was dominating with the forwards doing the damage.
Rangers next try came when, on the last tackle and with the ball being thrown about like a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game, Terry Moon put in fullback Karl Frankland, who plucked the ball out of air and down over the line. Proctor added the extras.
The last try of the half saw Reece Spurr burst through some weak defence and he fed the supporting Bradley who duly scored under the posts.
Proctor again converted to put Rangers in front 18 – 6 at half-time.
Rangers continued to dominate in the second half and the first to score was former West Bowling player Spurr.
The ball was passed down the line to Spurr who showed good footwork to split the defence and pop the ball over the line. Proctor converted.
Some good work by pint-sized Jamie Barraclough saw his pass reach man mountain Wayne Jowett who raced 35 metres to the try line to score Rangers’ fifth try. Proctor again converted.
Rangers’ last try saw Bradley complete his hat-trick when he showed lightning quick pace to run half the length of the field before swallow diving under the sticks.
Proctor maintained his 100 per cent record with the boot.
West Bowling never gave up and rotund prop forward Ben Cousins barged his way through the defence before feeding his team mate to score a consolation try.