Rugby League: Agony at the end as Wyke are edged out

This Pennine ARL Division Two encounter was a close, tough game with both teams putting each other under a lot of pressure.

Woodhouse scored first, but Wyke were on top and Ian Wormald went over to keep up his impressive scoring record to make it 6-6.

Simon Owen led the Wyke team from the front, despite missing six regular players.

The introduction of Marc Goodwin set Wyke up with a message run and Jonny Waddington scored a real power-house try to put his side in the lead at 12-6.

Brad Ellis, unfortunately, missed a penalty goal attempt which they were later to regret with Woodhouse scoring a try and a drop goal to go a point in front at 13-12.

Shaun Godfrey managed to gain a penalty 20 metres out and Ellis didn’t miss this time.

With a minute to go Wyke thought they had won.

But a short kick-off was squandered and Woodhouse got the ball back.

They were then awarded a penalty for holding down and their Woodhouse kicker slotted it over to make it 15-14.

Afterwards, coach Warren Pitman was understandably disappointed.

“This is the third game we have lost by messing up a kick off,” he said.

“Worked really hard but just can’t seem to finish a team off.”

Simon Owen was man of the match, while Scott Watson, Shaun Godfrey, Jonny Waddington and Phil Oliver were also outstanding.

n Brighouse Rangers eased into the quarter finals of the Pennine ARL Andrew Bennett Cup without taking to the field last Saturday as West Bowling were unable to raise a side.

This gave the Brighouse club chance to enjoy the England v New Zealand Third Test in the clubhouse.

This week sees them return to Division Three West league Action away to Queensbury. A and a win could move them back to the top of the league if results go their way.

Rangers should be able to pick from a full-strength side with only second-row Gavin Midgley (broken ankle) missing.