BRIGHOUSE Rangers set out to achieve what they planned when they beat Keighley from two divisions higher in the Halifax and District ARL Joseph Fee Memorial Challenge Cup Final at the Old Brodleians ground at Hipperholme with over 300 spectators.
They had to brave sleet showers in the second half but the tie itself was a warm encounter as Rangers came back from 10-6 down to take the trophy for the first time in 35 years since being reformed under the late John Chase and Jeff Greenwood.
Former player and referee Greenwood, 70, was one of the first to celebrate with the players and said the wait had been a long one but he would savour it for a long time to come.
Player-coach Alex Muff said: “The lads really dug in, the game was at a faster pace but that is the league we are heading for.
“We opted to play up the hill in the first half and it doesn’t look a big incline but you feel it when playing and we knew that if we needed to we had the downhill advantage in the second half if we needed to pull points back.
“The boys really manned up as Keighley are not a small side, and we did lose Andrew Seager with a broken nose,” said Muff.
“We will be rotating the team for the next final against Halifax Irish and we will bring in players who missed out on this final as they all deserve to play having contributing well all season.
“We know the lads at Irish and know that they will be up for it and will hit us hard, but we have a slight advantage as we have a 10-day rest and they have three games before meeting with us but we have every confidence in the team.”