Nervy end as Rangers hang on for victory

RANGERS made the short trip to Boothtown to take on a team, like themselves, undefeated.

Over the past couple of seasons Boothtown have beaten Rangers twice in cup games and the visitors expected another tough game on the small pitch.

Rangers started slowly and the Boothtown stand-off, former Halifax player Charlesworth, was in good form and he caused the Rangers defence problems.

Soon they were down 16 - 0. The introduction of Matty Dawson and Wayne Jowett though seemed to lift the team.

Rangers’ backs started to make inroads and wingman Phil Bradbury scored out wide from a neat pass by his centre partner Richard Flynn. Gaz Proctor converted.

Just as Brighouse looked to be taking a hold of the game, Boothtown’s second-rower intercepted a wild Stuart Proctor pass and out sprinted the chasing pack.

Shortly before half-time Bradbury and Gary Proctor both scored to leave Rangers trailing 22 – 16.

At the start of the second half Rangers continued to dominate the Boothtown pack, with Alex Dawson, Lee Buckley and Terence Moon putting in some big hits.

Tries followed from Wayne Jowett and Andy Sagars, both converted by Gary Proctor, to leave Rangers in front for the first time.

Rangers had several more chances to finish off the game but some good defence from Boothtown and some poor handling by Rangers meant the last five minutes were a nervy affair.

With just two minutes to go, Boothtown centre Williams was the first to react to a kick through and he scored out wide. The attempted conversion by Charlesworth was wide but the referee ordered it to be retaken and he missed again allowing Rangers to win by just two points.

Rangers’ Jamie Barraclough said: “We made hard work of that. It’s the sign of a good side though that can win away from home despite under-performing.”

Best for Rangers were Andy Sagars, captain Scott Bradley and young Mark Horne.