Barnett hoping to raise spirit for run in

Actions from the game, Illingworth v Brighouse Rangers RL at Mason Green'Pictured is Stuart Proctor
Actions from the game, Illingworth v Brighouse Rangers RL at Mason Green'Pictured is Stuart Proctor

Brighouse Rangers’ first team and coaching staff head off to Butlins at Skegness this weekend as they take advantage of a weekend off to embark on a team bonding exercise.

Coach Gary Barnett said at the beginning of season he would arrange an away day trip to lift team spirit before our final push towards the end of the season.

Therefore the focus turns to Richard Flynn’s Rangers A team who entertain Barnsley side Hyland Vikings this weekend (2.30)

With the exception of a couple of players who are also going to Skegness, his squad is almost near full strength.

Flynn said: “This will be a chance for us to complete our first double of the season, with us beating Hoyland at their place near beginning of the season.

“We have to put last week’s narrow and disappointing cup exit to Siddal A out of our sytem, to concentrate on finishing the season off strongly.

“Although Hoyland lie at bottom of Division Five we won’t take them lightly.

“This is a game we should win, ensuring we stay in the division and make a push for promotion next season.

“We are a lot better than our position shows, and if we can keep this group together for next season, it looks a promising time ahead.”

Rangers have been handed a tough tie against Premiership side Keighley in the Joseph Fee Memorial Cup semi finals, with Greetland facing Illingworth in the other semi. Both ties to be played on Saturday, March. 22.

Chairman Dave Barnes says: “Home advantage is a big plus for Rangers, and having beaten Keighley in the final two seasons ago, it promises to be a great tie.”

Brighouse Rangers 28

Methley Tigers 54

Rangers were knocked out of the Pennine President’s Cup by the Championship league leaders Methley Tigers.

The game was all but over by half time with Methley showing their difference in class.

Methley started on the front foot and had scored before Rangers had touched the ball.

Rangers hit back when the impressive Wayne Jowett powered through the line. Gary Proctor converted.

Methley were next on the score sheet when the wingman out sprinted full-back Mark Horne to the line and touched down. Within minutes Methley had extended their lead when the left winger scored again.

Captain Scott Bradley pulled one back when he ran onto a pass from Martin Luxford, Proctor converted.

Methley finished the half the strongest and ran in three more converted tries to leave the half time score at 36-12.

Rangers improved in the second half. First to score was prop Matty Dawson with his first try of the season.

Dawson followed hooker Stuart Proctor after Proctor had broken the line and he gleefully accepted the ball and dashed the three yards to the line. Gary Proctor converted.

In between three second half tries from Methley, young centre Jordan Sild collected a cross field kick from Luxford. Sild out jumped his opposite number and notched a well taken try. Proctor converted.

Chris Burns finished the scoring when he ran in from close range.

Brighouse Rangers Ladies are doing their bit for charity at Russell Way on Tuesday, March 18 (7pm) when they will hold their training session in fancy dress.

A raffle, a football card and a donations bucket will also be doing the rounds and all proceeds will be going to Sport Relief