THE start of Summer 2016 has been a tough one for Brighouse Ladies as the depleted team found themselves competing in the Premier League against well established teams.
New coach Craig Taylor, assisted by experienced Sarah Kennedy, did their best eto put a team together but had to concede the opening game to Thatto Heath.
Brighouse then lost heavily to Normanton, Wigan, Stanningley and Lindley.
However, Rangers kept their heads high for when the league split into the Super 6s, when the top six teams play each other and the lower six play each other.
In the first Super 6 game against Oulton Raidettes, Brighouse went down 118-0.
But, in recent weeks, results have started to reflect the effort in training.
The team also enjoyed a friendly against the RAF and entered the Brighton 9s to help their development.
Last Sunday they visited sn East Leeds Womenside sitting top of the Merit League with four wins from six.
Again Brighouse were short on numbers but they got off to a great start, putting the first points on the board, and great defensive display left them 12-4 ahead at the break.
With some tired and aching bodies and no substitutes, Brighouse dug deep with more big tackles.
With great attacking lines allied to great support work, they got themselves on the board twice moreand restricted Leeds to one second half try for a final score of 22-8.
The try-scorers were Rose Nash (2), Kelly Darragh and Chloe Greenwood, with three goals from the boot of Nash.
Brighouse Rangers Under-14s were beaten 22-18 at home by Dewsbury Moor, who had the edge in the final quarter in spite of being a man down.
A hard fought battle featured strong running and hard tackling from both sides,
Fred Woodhouse, Lewis Knopwood and Josh Riley scored tries for Brighouse and Robbie Butterworth converted them all.
Dewsbury Moor went down to 12 men after a very dangerous three man spear tackle on latest signing Dane Windrow. All three Moor players involved were put on report.
Brighouse’s last game before the summer break is away to bottom team West Hull on Sunday.