Prospects bright for Rangers, says chief

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BRIGHOUSE Rangers chairman Dave Barnes says the pace is gathering down at Russell Way again with the appoinment of Craig Young as coach.

“To build it up even more we have a saving grace this weekend with no game, so more time to get the full squad registered and fit,” said Barnes.

“Apart from a couple of faces missing from last season, we have more or less the same squad and the second team is getting bigger each week which will please coach Mark Vento.

“With Jack Parkinson returning from his stint at Wyke and the experienced Baz Stead coming down the road from Whitehall Warriors, there is some backbone there.

“A vast amount of last season’s under 17s are joining the open age ranks as well this season so it will take a few weeks to bed in, but once they get going it’s going be an exciting season for them.

“The first team play their first game at home on Saturday week against Doncaster side Bentley Good Companions, and the second team will be kicking off their season the weekend after.”

Any new players are alway welcome and training is Tuesday and Thursday at 7-8pm on Rangers’ second team pitch at Brighouse Sports Club.

EVER the enterprising chairman, Jason Whomack is constantly striving to raise funds for his beloved Wyke ARLFC.

Whether it be collecting bric-a-brac, social events or promoting the club’s souvenirs on their website he is constantly on the go to provide the teams with the best facilities and kit.

For a few years now supporters and friends of the club have been asked to save their Tesco vouchers for Schools and Clubs and this year has seen a huge response and enabled the club to purchase some much needed equipment for their junior sides.

Jason said: “Wyke Rugby Club would like to thank everybody who collected Tescos Vouchers for Schools and Clubs.

“With everybody’s help the club collected over 3,000 vouchers. The club has bought some junior tackle shields, match balls, stop watches and a clip board for the club’s first team statistician.”

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WYKE under eights played host to Siddal last Sunday holding their visitors to a 28-28 draw, writes Clare Fynn.

The home team started well with some great tackling from Toby Schofield and Reece Broadbent, which resulted in the ball being handed over and an opening try from Jake Rayner.

Jabriel Karolia was next on the score sheet after some great side stepping to touchdown in the corner.

Siddal scored twice to bring the scores back level to 8-8. Wyke then replied with a further tries from Karolia and nearly a full length run of the pitch from Harry Owen.

Siddal managed another try just before half time to bring the score to 16-12 in Wyke’s favour. The second half started the same as the first, with Tom Ockerby and Alfie Stevens running the ball in hard and then Jake Rayner scoring after a great off load from Joseph Fynn.

There was some great tackling to follow from Harry Young, Harvey Dimbleby, Dylan Frith and Macaulay Abrahams.

The tries then came thick and fast on a tit-for-tat basis, with Joseph Fynn going over and a third for Karolia giving him his hat trick.

Siddal scored again in the dying seconds.