Rangers line ups gearing up for an on-the-road double header this weekend

Action from Brighouse Rangers under 14s v Stanley Rangers
Action from Brighouse Rangers under 14s v Stanley Rangers

Both Brighouse Rangers open age teams face away trips this weekend, with the first team travelling to face Wakefield side Sharlston A.

After the disappointing defeat two weeks ago, knocking their aims for promotion from Division One of the Pennine League, chairman Dave Barnes says they need to pull together as a unit and focus from now until the end of the season.

“We have a few key players missing this Saturday due to commitments I am aware of,”he said

“We have a large enough squad to compete at this level and those selected will be strong enough to go and gain two points.”

Rangers’ second team travel to the Ainleys to take on Newsome Panthers A and are a jubilant bunch after last week’s win over Crofton Cougars took them off the bottom of the Division Five table.

“We are finally working as a unit, and after a lot of hard work we are starting to believe in ourselves,” said coach Nigel Briggs.

“We have had a lot of people return to the club in the last month, which is fantastic to see. The only frustrating thing is, I can’t pick the same side every week as people can be promoted to the first team.

“If you’re good enough you deserve to go into the first team. We are not going to worry about any teams for the rest of season as if we play to our strengths then we will more than we lose. As Craig Young and I have said, turn up for training and you will play.”

Brighouse Rangers under 14s overcame the bitterly cold conditions to post a 32-14 success over Stanley Rangers.

Brighouse were switched on from the start and within minutes the ball went through several pairs of hands before Sam Bourouh collected and ran inside to put the ball under the posts for the first converted try.

New signing Ronan Costello went over next, the powerful centre handing off the opposition to score under the sticks.

Costello went on to score three more times, with Jamie Greenwood converting four.

Brighouse passed the ball with ease, working their way up the pitch, before a flowing move saw the ball go out wide to Bradbury and he thundered over in the corner for a well desevered try.

Stanley responded with three tries of their own but Brighouse were hungry for a win and held out.