Rangers keen to maintain cup dream

Actions from the RL, Brighouse Rangers v Batley Boys at Russell Way. A kick through for Martin Luxford
Actions from the RL, Brighouse Rangers v Batley Boys at Russell Way. A kick through for Martin Luxford

Brighouse Rangers, thwarted once more last week by the weather, look to continue their love affair with the Joseph Fee Halifax and District ARL Cup on Saturday.

Having been in the last two finals, Rangers are looking to advancing to the semi-finals this season.

Facing them at the second round stage are Division Two league leaders Stainland Stags, who disposed of Premiership side Halifax Irish in the last round.

This has the recipe of being a great game, with both sides confident of victory at Russell Way (2.30).

Rangers are flying in the league, but Stainland look set for promotion having suffered only one defeat all season.

“We are at full strength for Saturdays game, and it will be down to training for coach Gary Barnett to pick his squad for Saturday,” said his assistant Craig Young.

“We won’t be worrying about Stainland and their league form, this is a one off game in the cup and we are going all out to win the game.

“We have been fantastic at home this season, and after not playing for the last three weeks the lads can’t wait to get going.”

Rangers A team travel to Sherburn-in-Elmet, to face promotion chasing Sherburn Bears (2.30).

Having only just lost to Sherburn at the beginning of the Division Five season, coach Richard Flynn must be thinking, if only?

“When we have had a full squad available we have been a match for anyone in this league, and we will travel to Sherburn looking to upset their possibly planned party,” said Flynn.

“Sherburn currently sit in second place, two points behind leaders Kinsley Warriors in this their last game of the season.”

Kinsley themselves face third-placed place Crofton, who themselves can win promotion on Saturday.”

Rangers are travelling with a full strength squad and want to take their form from the Wakefield City two weeks ago with them.

The next round of the Pennine League cups were drawn this week, and if Rangers’ first team overcome Methley Royals next week, they will face Halifax rivals Illingworth at home in the quarter finals.

Also the second team have drawn Illingworth A at home in the next round, if they overcome Siddal A next Saturday.

Brighouse Rangers Under 15s have been chosen to represent Yorkshire against Lancashire in the 2014 War of the Roses match against Thatto Heathfrom the North West Counties Junior and Youth League on Easter Sunday, April 20 in Warrington.

Rangers’ chairman of Youth, Clarke Bailey said:”This is a massive achievement for the club and recognises the hard work that has been done over the last four years, which also sees eight lads on scholarships at various Super League clubs.

“To keep active outside of the RL’s Community programme season which kicks off next month, quite a few of our players have also been enjoying a taste of the other code of rugby with the Old Brodleians.

Rangers’ Under 17s are looking out for new players and train on Tuesday nights between 6.00-7.00pm in readiness for their season which starts in two weeks.

Anybody interested can contact Clarke Bailey on 07775886282.