Players gave their all

Andrew Shepherd for Whitehall Warriors
Andrew Shepherd for Whitehall Warriors

BRIGHOUSE welcomed Pennine League Championship side Ackworth Jaguars to Russell Way.

With several key players missing due to a variety of reasons, player-coach Alex Muff had to call on the depth of the squad.

Rangers were nothing short of fantastic in the first half.

The forwards laid the platform in defence and attack, with Terrence Moon and Lee Buckley in particular looking solid.

Rangers’ first try came from a set move as Reece Spurr crossed the line.

Shortly after, slick handling from Muff and Spurr sent in wingman Joe Taphouse. Richard Flynn added the extras.

Ackworth hit back with a try out wide when their prop barged his way over.

Rangers came back again before half-time with Ben Collins scoring, Flynn again adding the conversion to leave Rangers leading 16 – 4.

The second half was a much closer affair, with Rangers making too many handling errors and giving up a lot of possession.

Ackworth could not breach the Rangers defence, despite having more possession, but did score late on when an up and under was spilled wingman and the ball fell to the Ackworth prop who brushed off a tackle to score out wide. After the game assistant coach Craig Young said: “Things were looking pretty desperate at one point as I was even pencilled in to pull on a shirt.

“Everyone has stuck to the system we have implemented in training.

“We are not the finished article by any means but if they keep listening and learning then it could be a bright season.”

The draw was held live in the clubhouse with Rangers being handed a tough trip to former national conference club West Bowling.