Joes edge home as Rangers look to end year on high

Rugby league - Brighouse Rangers v Newsome Panthers.'Karl Frankland for Rangers.
Rugby league - Brighouse Rangers v Newsome Panthers.'Karl Frankland for Rangers.

Brighouse’s away day woes continued away to St Joseph’s, Rangers having made the short journey to have the pleasure of playing on the famous Fartown ground.

They started the brightest and were soon on the score sheet. Alex Muff sent winger Gary Proctor over with a wonderful pass. Proctor’s conversion struck the upright.

St Joes hit back almost immediately when the ball was fed down the line and the centre scored out wide.

Some poor defence by Rangers saw the St Joes prop forward go through the defensive line and race the 25 yards to the line. The first half finished with both teams seeing their defences on top and with the pitch becoming heavier due to the rain, fast flowing rugby was not the order of the day.

The second half was continue as the first had finished. Rangers drew level at 8-8 when young hooker Andrew Esmond darted over from close range. Proctor missed the conversion.

With five minutes remaining Rangers were awarded a penalty some 40 metres out. Gary Proctor took on the challenge, however his kick landed on the crossbar, bounced up, struck the upright and then fell back down on the wrong side of the bar.

A succession of penalties saw St Joes make the way down the field and with just a minute left they were awarded a penalty bang in front of the posts. Daz Kelly duly notched the simple penalty and left the home team jubilant.

St Josephs 10

Brighouse Rangers 8

Pennine ARL Championship Division One

Rangers head into their winter break looking to get their Pennine ARL Championship Division One promotion bid back on track, with an away game against bottom club Ossett Trinity (2.00).

Rumours were rife that Ossett were about to fold after failing to fulfil their fixture against Newsome Panthers last Saturday, due to lack of players. Thankfully, the club and players have rallied around, to save another well known club going to the wall.

“We travel over to Ossett with a near full strength side, with the only doubt being Stuart Proctor who had to miss last week’s close game against St Joseph,” said coach Gary Barnett.

“We can ill afford to slip up again this season, if we are to keep up with the promotion pack. We will certainly go to Ossett with confidence, but we will not be complacent.

“We are world beaters at home, but have lost three on our travels and just need to do away what we do at home.”