Wyke youngsters put on thrilling show in victory

Brighouse Rangers under nines
Brighouse Rangers under nines

Wyke under 11s provided a thrilling exhibition of rugby league as they went onto beat Stanley Rangers 22-0.

It wasn’t long before they were on the scoreboard as Joe Ockerby took the ball in deep and Callum Bacon’s pass out to Bailey Petyt saw him cross. Ockerby added the extras.

Aaron Howes started the move which saw Creddy Taylor go over for the second as he side-stepped the Rangers defence to score under the sticks. Ockerby’s conversion made it 12-0 at the break.

Toby Carter and Josh Archer combined to put Lewis Adam’s through and Ockerby made it three from three.

Stanley could not find a chink in the Wyke defence, Howes winning a superb race across the field to deny their first real opportunity.

Close to the whistle, Adams picked up a loose ball and charged 30 yards only to be tackled by the opposition full back.

Further drives from Thomas Dawson and Nathan Stanley put Wyke into good field position and the ball was again moved out and Taylor who raced on to score out wide.

Wyke under 13s’ six game unbeaten run came to an end in a ferocious encounter at Heworth, York last Saturday.

Heworth took an early 6-0 lead and it took a break from Cameron Scott to get things going for Wyke as he sent Bradley Clarkson over the whitewash.

Ben Proctor then had a try ruled out when the official deemed he had not grounded the ball correctly. From that moment on things didn’t go Wyke’s way and Clarkson also had a try ruled out soon after.

Heworth got their noses in front, but when Owen Hunt capitalised on Clarkson’s chip through the deficit was reduced to 12-10 at the interval.

Wyke had plenty of ball in the second half, but it was the hosts who made the most of their possession.

Captain Sebastian Blanco’s great run paved the way for Connor Fawcett to go over, but Wyke went on to suffer a hugh blow when they lost Michael Bird and then Fawcett to injury and with the advantage of the overlap Heworth rallied a couple of tries.

Despite being down to 11 men, Wyke had the final say in the last attack of the game as Danny Warby took a great pass from Scott to score in the corner for a 30-18 scoreline..

The end of the game was marred by an ugly incident when one of the Heworth players attacked a Wyke player which left a sour taste.

As they head into the summer break, Wyke will surely reflect on what has been a successful season to date and will be looking forward to September as they try to make a final push to get higher up the table.

Brighouse Rangers ARLFC have had to to cancel their Ladies Night which was planned for tomorrow evening, Friday, July 26, owing to the holiday season generating low ticket sales

Chairman Dave Barnes reports pre-season training has got off to a flyer under returned coach Gary Barnett, with nearly 30 players turning up.

“Quite a lot of new faces have joined as well, which is good for the club,” said Barnes.

This Saturday, July 27, is the club’s signing on day, running along side the Cancer Research charity event designed for the whole family. The event starts at 10.30am.

Veteran Rangers forward Terry Moon has taken responsibility of organising the charity games and says he is pleased with the support for the day.

“George Holland who has been playing with the successful U-18s wanted to put a match on for his dad Simon who at the present is battling cancer and his coach Lee Robson was only too pleased to provide the opposition. That game will kick off at 12.15pm and will be followed around 1.30 with the Masters game.

Besides the BBQ there will be a tombola, face painting and bouncy castle and later in the clubhouse the y will show the Wigan Warriors v London Broncos RL Challenge Cup semi-final

Brighouse Rangers’ newly formed under nines have their first game of rugby league at the Shay this weekend.

Andy Ambler’s little Tykes take on teams from York Acorn, Siddal and Elland in a mini festival at the Shay as a curtain raiser to Halifax’s home game against York City Knights.

“Training has gone well with numbers increasing all the time,” said coach Ambler.

If your child is interested and is between seven and nine years old training is at 10.45am on Saturday mornings at Brighouse Sports and Social club.

Former Lightcliffe resident and Crosrol draughtsman Geoff Lee has just had his fifth novel published.

The book, called Two Seasons, is set in the years 2002 and 2003 and has a background of work, family, old friends and rugby league.

The novel, which Geoff’s old school pal and now long term BBC RL commentator and fellow author Ray French, has described as ‘a terrific read’ is now on sale in Just Books.

It can also be bought online at www.llpshop.co.uk.