Rangers down Donny outfit after Proctor strikes early on

Rugby league - Brighouse Rangers v Newsome Panthers.'Mark Horne for Rangers.
Rugby league - Brighouse Rangers v Newsome Panthers.'Mark Horne for Rangers.

Rangers welcomed high flying Bentley of Doncaster to Russell Way. Bentley had only lost once in the league this season.

Rangers, with a near full squad to choose from started the brightest. Stuart Proctor opened the scoring when he nipped over the line from acting half. Brother Gary notched his first attempt.

Powerful second-rower Scott Bradley was a handful all afternoon for the visitors and he crashed through the defence and dashed from 40 metres out to the line. Proctor converted for 12-0.

Within minutes Bradley had once more brushed past his opposite number and fed the supporting full-back Mark Horne who scored under the posts and Gary Proctor converted for 18-0.

With just 20 minutes of the game gone Rangers scored again. A cross field kick from the diminutive Jamie Barraclough was left to bounce. Reece Spurr was the first to ball and he touched down. Proctor made it four from four attempts and it was 24-0.

Having rushing into the lead, Rangers began to make mistakes and gave needless penalties away. This gave Bentley a sniff and they scored two tries as the first half came to close at 24-12.

Rangers again started the half well. That man Bradley again busting the line and racing in out wide. Proctor missed the difficult conversion. 28 – 12.

Bentley hit back with a converted try following some poor defence from Rangers outside backs.

Veteran centre Spurr scored again when he accepted a wonderful pass from scrum-half Ben Drennan and raced over the line. Proctor converted to make it 34–18.

Credit to Bentley they never gave in and the scored another try to leave the score 34–22.

Rangers finished the game as they had started and began playing some wonderful rugby. Andrew Esmond scored a trade mark and captain Bradley completed his hat trick late on. Both tries converted by golden boot Gary Proctor. Best for Rangers were Alan Bottomley, Scott Bradley and Martin Luxford.

Brighouse Rangers 46

Bentley Good Companions 22

Pennine ARL Championship Division One

Rangers first team make the journey to Batley this Saturday for their Pennine ARL Championship One fixture, to face Batley Boys (2.00).

Chairman Dave Barnes said: “Last week’s performance was impressive against a big Bentley side, and as we’ve said before, our main aim is promotion this season and every game will be a tough challenge for us.

“Batley Boys had a slow start this season, but have improved recently.

“Having finishing third in this division last season, we know this will be a tough game.

“Having won both against each other last season, with Rangers posting an impressive 28-0 home win, we travel over there to just play and enjoy our game and look to come away with two points.

“Competition for places is getting tougher, and coach Gary Barnett will face a hard selection this week with props Andrew Walters and Wayne Jowett returning and pushing for a place.

“That’s what it’s about if we are serious about going up; every player has to step up to keep their shirts.”