Rangers off to a flying start in Pennine League

Actions from Brighouse Rangers v Birkenshaw at Russell Way. Pictured is Wayne Jowett.
Actions from Brighouse Rangers v Birkenshaw at Russell Way. Pictured is Wayne Jowett.

Rangers produced a wonderful display as they ran in 12 tries to destroy promotion favourites Birkenshaw.

Rangers took control of the game from the off and had raced into a 20-0lead before Birkenshaw had touched the ball.

Ben Drennan, Wayne Jowett, Gary Proctor and Stuart Proctor all crossed the whitewash, with Gary Proctor converting two of his attempts at goal.

Birkenshaw were left shell shocked and had no answer to the Rangers pack.

Three further tries in the first half from veteran Reece Spurr, Lightcliffe Cc wicketkeeper Mark Horne and thesturdy Jamie Barraclough , each converted by Proctor ensured Brighouse led 38 nil at the break.

Birkenshaw started the second half the brightest, the pressure paying off as their wingman crossed for the visitors only try of the game.

Rangers were soon back in their stride and playing some fast rugby which was just too hot to handle for Birkenshaw. Rangers ran in five more tries in the second half, Pettifor bagged a brace, Alex Muff dived in under the posts, Andrew Esmond skipped past a tired defence and Stuart Proctor also completed his brace when he ran in unopposed. Gary Proctor slotted over all five conversions to leave Brighouse celebrating a 68 – 4 victory.

New signing, prop forward Gav Pettifor said: “What a great performance from the boys today. All the hard work in pre-season came together today.

“I personally was delighted to score and I couldn’t contain my excitement when I crossed over for the first in a Brighouse shirt, it was a dream come true and a dream day for all.”

Tomorrow Rangers make the short trip to Halifax to face joint Pennine League Division One leaders Illingworth (2.30).

“This will be another tough game,” says coach Gary Barnett.

“Everyone will have looked at our result last week, and probably thought Birkenshaw turned up short of players!”

“This was not the case,” says chairman Dave Barnes.

“Rangers produced a near perfect performance and everything in pre-season training came to fruition.

“It is an exciting time this season, and the players are really enjoying their rugby which is great to see.”

Richard Flynn makes his debut as Brighouse Rangers A team coach this Saturday with a Division Five game against Sherburn (2.30).

“I’ve got a good set of lads together this season,” he said.

Brighouse Rangers 68

Birkenshaw 4

Pennine ARL Division One