Rangers confident ahead of cup clash

Actions from the Fee Halifax Cup Final RL Brighouse Rangers v Keighley at Old Brodleians RUFC, Hipperholme'Pictured for Brighouse is Terry Moon
Actions from the Fee Halifax Cup Final RL Brighouse Rangers v Keighley at Old Brodleians RUFC, Hipperholme'Pictured for Brighouse is Terry Moon

Brighouse Rangers’ first and second teams are looking to go through to the next round of their respective Pennine League cups this Saturday.

First up for Rangers first team are championship leaders Methley Royals at Russell Way (2.30).

With a full squad to choose from, coach Gary Barnett is looking forward to the test for his promotion chasing team.

Methley have shown that there is not much difference between the divisions after winning Championship Division One last season, and are currently unbeaten in their new surroundings.

“We are fully focused and up for the game,” said chairman Dave Barnes. “We are undefeated at home this season, and will play the way we have all season and not worry about the opposition.

“We now have a consistent squad with Stuart Proctor firing on all cylinders after his injury.

“Whatever the result, the supporters will be treated to a great game of rugby, and if we play to our strengths and have the right attitude there is no reason we will not advance to the next round.”

Richard Flynn takes his second team to Halifax rivals Siddal A, in their Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy game (2.30).

“If we play as good as we did last week, I fully expect us to advance to the next round,” said Flynn. “Siddal is always a tough place to visit, but the squad we have now is capable of producing good performances.

“We have a few out injured and miss the experienced Mark Bean, but former Whitehall Warriors half back Paul Stead keeps the backs buzzing.”

Rangers have eight players plus team manager Richard Ingham from the defunct Whitehall and the new owner of the Whitehall public house has contacted them to sponsor the second team’s away strip.

Tickets are still available for Rangers’ sportsman’s dinner on March 28.

RL legend Sean Long and local MC and comedian Pete Emmett are the guests and tickets are available from the bar.

Brighouse Rangers A 28

Wakefield City 18

Brighouse Rangers A welcomed Wakefield City to Russell Way confident on building on their previous Division Five league win against Wetherby Bulldogs.

Rangers were immediately on the attack and after peppering the City line for 10 minutes, Terry Moon powered over after great work by Matty Dawson and Airey. Jamie Holroyd converted.

Wakefield were struggling to make any yards against a very strong and organised Rangers defence with Moon, Paul Knapping and Josh McLean putting the hard work in.

Rangers were soon over again after constant pressure on the City line. Full-back Karl Frankland picked the ball up from dummy half and walked over without a hand on him. Holroyd again converted for 12-0.

The introduction of Ash Caine saw him make great yards from dummy half and for Paul Stead and Holroyd to control the pace of the game. It wasn’t long before this pressure paid off when Stead sent Frankland clear and he threw the dummy to score. Ben Garwood converted to make it 18-0 at the break.

The second half kicked off with the wind behind City’s backs and they were soon over for a converted try. From a scrum on the Rangers 30 metre line the Wakefield scrum-half chipped over and caught Rangers napping. Wakefield were soon in again for another try, which again was converted. Frankland then got the ball away to veteran centre Paul Fairhurst to score.

Another converted try for Wakefield didn’t deter Rangers and with strong defence from Moon, Hussain, Caine and Andy Daw, the hosts scored again when Andy Collins powered over, Holroyd converting.