With no first team game, Brighouse Rangers A travel to Slaithwaite A on Saturday (2.30) looking to build on last week’s Pennine League Division Five performance.
Coach Richard Flynn will be a lot more relaxed this week with a dozen or more players extra available for selection this week.
“Our players played well last week, and if we had had a full sub’s bench we could have won the game,” he said.
“Both ourselves and Slaithwaite have lost our opening games and another tough contest is expected.
“The partnership of Mark Bean and Ben Wickens at half back is looking exciting and with returning props Nick Barraclough and Lee Buckley we will be a completely different side.”
Brighouse Rangers 8
Pennine ARL Division One
A hat-trick of tries from Kieran Nicholson ended Rangers 100 percent record for the season with a 38-8 defeat by neighbours Illingworth at Mason Green.
Half backs Ben Harris and Andrew McElroy set Luke Sutcliffe free. His off load saw Nicholson go over in the corner, the winger superbly converting his own try.
Second row forward Joe Crossland added to his side’s lead with a break from 40 yards, side stepping Brighouse full-back Mark Horne to go under the posts. Nicholson added the simple conversion. Following a penalty deep in the opposition half for a high tackle on Dale Taylor, Tom McAdam supplied the try making pass to Nicholson.
Two minutes before the break Illingworth increased their lead when substitute Josh Baldwin made good yards and Taylor’s pass put Bradbury over in the corner.
With the second half barely a minute old, the home side stretched their lead further. Wayne Scott made the initial inroads and Taylor’s perfectly weighted kick allowing Nicholson to gather and touchdown wide out.
Graham Dobson’s off load inside to Sutcliffe put the full back in close to the posts. Leigh King added the conversion before Sutcliffe doubled his personal try tally following centre Scott Allen’s 30 yard break from inside his own half.
Brighouse briefly threatened a comeback with tries from Alex Muff and Gary Proctor, but Crossland crowned Illingworth’s fine display..