Rangers romp to crushing victory over Allerton Bywater

Rugby League - Brighouse Rangers v Batley Boys.'Gary Proctor for Rangers.
Rugby League - Brighouse Rangers v Batley Boys.'Gary Proctor for Rangers.

Brighouse Rangers faced their Castleford opponents minus four regulars but still ran out convincing winners.

Playing uphill in the first half, Rangers hit Allerton with a well worked try from centre Jarrod Morris, skipping through four players in the first minute. Gary Proctor added the extras.

Allerton then camped in the Brighouse half for the next 20 minutes with the hosts having to get back to their best in the defensive department.

Silly penalties kept giving Allerton the edge, but they just couldn’t penetrate Rangers’ line.

Once Rangers got going again with half-backs Jamie Barraclough and man of the match for the third week running Ben Wickens taking control, a sweeping move saw second rower Wickens going over for a try converted by Proctor that took the steam out of Allerton at 12-0.

Stong running from Neil Walton and Lee Buckley started to punch holes in the Allerton defence and again centre Morris ran a great line to outpace the Allerton tacklers for another converted try.

Allerton never stopped and gained a dubious try with the player on his back over the line to take the score to 18-6.

Craig Young sent on another youngster in Andrew Esmond and he soon set up junior partner Jordan Sild for a converted try to take the half time score to 24-6.

Allerton started to get frustrated in the second half and a few foul tackles were going in, but Rangers stood firm.

After some great work by captain Scott Bradley and veteran Andrew Houlihan, scrum-half Barraclough sent a clever chip over on the half way line and collected to run 30 yards to score another try converted by Gary Proctor.

Allerton never stopped and ran in two quick tries whilst Rangers eased off to take the score to 30-14.

Wickens and Esmond then combined to send second-rower Reece Spurr in for his second of the game out wide.

Again the forwards made yards and Esmond jinked his way through for a try converted by Proctor to wrap up the scoring.

“I couldn’t ask for anymore from my players today,” said Young. “It’s looking good for our end of season run in.”

Man of the match was Wickens, closely followed by Esmond and Lewis Morris.

Brighouse Rangers 40

Allerton Bywater 14

Pennine ARL Division One