Rangers win derby clash

Actions from the game Brighouse Rangers v Wyke at Brighouse Sports and Social Club'Pictured for Brighouse is try scorer Wayne Jowett
Actions from the game Brighouse Rangers v Wyke at Brighouse Sports and Social Club'Pictured for Brighouse is try scorer Wayne Jowett

RANGERS welcomed Wyke to Russell Way, a team coached by former Brighouse player, coach and chairman, Nigel Briggs.

Although his team are languishing near the foot of the table Rangers player-coach Alex Muff knew Briggs would have his team fired up for the local derby.

Wyke were giving a debut to 16-year-old Ben Barron.

Rangers started the first half on top and within 10 minutes the pressure turned into points when prop forward Andrew Walters scored in his first game of the season. Richard Flynn converted.

Wyke gradually gained a foothold and when the centre intercepted a pass on his own line a try looked inevitable, however Rangers fullback Mark Horne chased back and brought him down inches from line.

From the resulting play of the ball Ash Hutchinson, back from a broken wrist, crashed over the line and they now trailed 6 – 4.

Rangers bounced back though and shortly before half-time Wayne Jowett handed off several would-be tacklers and scored under the post, Flynn again converting, to leave Rangers leading 12 – 4 at the interval.

In the second half Rangers extended their lead with centre Scott Bradley, showing a neat step to beat his opposite number and then out-pace the cover defence to touch down, Flynn making it three goals from three attempts.

The Rangers pack continued to dominate with Lee Buckley and Alan Bottomley putting in some telling tackles.

Sam Kittsen scooted clear to go over and close Rangers’ lead back to eight points as Mickey Wormald added the extras..

Rangers came back almost immediately with wingman Ben Collins finishing off a fine move out wide.

Flynn kicked a penalty and left Rangers with a comfortable 14 point lead.

Wyke had the final say when stand-off James Dewhirst burst through and scored with the last touch of the game.

Best for Rangers were Stuart Proctor, Jamie Barraclough and Scott Bradley.

Rangers have no game on Saturday as stand-off Gary Proctor is to get married. All at the club wish him and Lucy all the very best.

Assistant coach Craig Young said: “We weren’t really at the races today, but all credit to Wyke though who came with a plan.

Hopefully our performance will be back up to the standard we have set and we can continue our unbeaten start to the league when we entertain Odsal Sedbergh in a fortnight.

“Let’s hope we can continue to have great number at training, that’s the place we can put things right,” he said.

Wyke entertain Queensbury on Saturday in the first round of the Bradford and District Cup (2.30pm).