Rangers coach hopes home tie will kick-start a cup run

BRIGHOUSE Rangers welcome West Leeds to Russell Way this Saturday (1.30pm) in the first round of the Pennine League’s Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy.

Coaches Alex Muff and Craig Young will have a full strength squad to choose from and hope to continue their rich vein of form and have a good cup run to mirror what is happening in the league.

Competition for places will be tight this weekend, and with the Dearne Valley A team postponing this weekend’s fixture, giving Rangers A a bye into round two of the Pennine Supplementary Cup, Muff will have the luxury of everyone to choose from.

The incentive of playing at Dewsbury Rams’ Tetley Stadium in the final of this trophy is good enough for anyone to want to make the big day at the end of the season,

The team has gelled together recently and attitudes and general enthusiasm have improved leaps and bounds this season.

West Leeds always provide Rangers with a stiff test. Although relegated last season, they are holding their own in Division Three

With consistent performances recently and the likes of Andy Sagars, Ross Young and Terry Moon showing form fit for a higher division, the boost in confidence has been marked.

Rangers have struggled for a big pack in recent years, but such is the competition between Matty Dawson, Lee Buckley, Alan Bottomley and Wayne Jowett no one knows who is going to start and this is a great comfort for the coaching staff.

Training at the club is strong and shows on the pitch with exciting fast rugby being played.

The early kick-off is to take care of any extra time, but also gives players and spectators the opportunity to get across to Elland Road to watch England take on Australia in the final of the Gillette Four Nations (6pm).