Late drop goal wins nail-biter

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RANGERS travelled to Wakefield to take on a vastly improved side since they first played each other in September.

Rangers welcomed back players from injury but this was offset with the loss of player-coach Alex Muff and Jamie Barraclough due to work commitments.

Rangers began the brightest and had soon crossed the line.

A set move from the scrum saw fullback Mark Horne feed winger Ben Collins who crashed over out wide. Neil Walton kicked the touch line conversion.

Sharlston hit back following a knock-on from a high kick by Horne.

The ball was fed out to the centre who powered his way over, but it was 6-4 with a missed conversion.

Rangers finished the half much the stronger.

Andrew Houlihan scored for the second game running when he went over from close range. Karl Frankland converted.

Russ Young sent out a looping pass to centre Reece Spurr who showed good footwork to evade the tacklers and touch down out wide. The angle was too acute for Frankland to convert but his side led 16 - 4 at half time.

With loss of Frankland, Matty Turner and the influential Andrew Segear to injuries on the break, Rangers were on the back foot.

Sharlston threw everything they had at their visitors and fatigue began to set in with the Rangers players.

Sharlston besieged their left hand side and pulled the game to within six points.

With 10 minutes left their big number 10 crashed over under the posts and the scores were level at 16 all.

With only two minutes remaining Rangers had moved up field. The ball went to Young whose drop goal hit the inside of the post and sneaked over.

Thankfully for Rangers the referee’s final whistle was not long and they now need only one point from the last two games to achieve promotion.

Best for Rangers were Reece ‘Grizzly’ Adams Spurr, Scott Bradley and Young.

On Saturday Rangers’ first team have no fixture which will give some time for a much needed break and recovery.