Rangers lose out in epic local derby clash

Actions from the game, Brighouse Rangers v Wyke RL at Russell Way'Pictured for Brighouse is Carl Franklin
Actions from the game, Brighouse Rangers v Wyke RL at Russell Way'Pictured for Brighouse is Carl Franklin

WYKE travelled the short distance down Bradford Road fired up to take on local rivals Brighouse, with nothing but the hunger to win.

It was an epic encounter for the quarter final, writes Connor Crossland.

Brighouse started strong when Andy Collins went in underneath the sticks and Neil Walton converted to make the score 6-0.

Wyke were quick to reply when James Dewhirst sliced through the Brighouse defence and only just missed his own conversion.

Scott Bradley then put his name on the scoresheet and Neil Walton converted, making it 12-4.

Wyke again were quick to reply when Ian Watkinson put in a lovely kick and Ben Barron pounced on the loose ball to score in the corner. Dewhirst missed the conversion.

Wyke then broke the pattern with Adrian Doherty giving a beautiful ball to Ash Hutchinson who finished off the try. Dewhirst converted to make the half-time score 14-12 in Wyke’s favour.

Brighouse got the first try of the second half through Karl Frankland and Walton converted again.

Ben Collins then scored the second Brighouse try of the half and Walton missed the conversion making it 22-14.

Wyke replied in earnest and it was Sam Kittsen who gave an outstanding ball to Stevie Richardson who went over in the corner. Dewhirst added the conversion to make the score 22-20.

Then Brighouse attempted to kick the ball through the Wyke defensive line but it was deflected and young Ben Barron picked it up and sped away 90 metres to seal the Wyke victory.

Doherty missed the conversion but it did not matter as coach Nigel Briggs, who lives just across from the ground, was mobbed by his overjoyed players.

The Wyke forwards were the key to the win, which provides promise for Briggs for the rest of the season.