Rangers finish their Pennine League season on a high against big guns

Actions from the Halifax Handicap Cup, Brighouse Rangers v Siddal B at Russell Way, Brighouse. Pictured is Chris Scrimshaw.
Actions from the Halifax Handicap Cup, Brighouse Rangers v Siddal B at Russell Way, Brighouse. Pictured is Chris Scrimshaw.

Brighouse Rangers beat Pennine ARL Division One third-placed side Birkenshaw last Saturday, just to show what could have been achieved had they turned out a fit squad every week.

Rangers quickly built up a half time lead of 20-0 with outstanding performances by every player in both attack and defence.

“I could name everyone, but stand-out performances from Jamie Barraclough, Lee Robson and Darren Robinson ensured we ran out convincing winners 26-8,”said chairman Dave Barnes.

“This has been a long season, with so many injuries to deal with, but I am proud of what the players have done including all the seconds that have stepped up to the first team in recent weeks.

“They have contributed with some great rugby, and the lads from the U18s who have come in have showed what we could achieve next season with the players we have.”

On Sunday the U18s gave an impressive performance, winning the Halifax and District Cup final against Ovenden.

After a very close fought first half, both teams cancelled each other out, to go in at half time 18-18.

Rangers had the advantage of playing downhill in the second half and the half-back pairing of Andrew Esmond and Ben Wickens ripped Ovenden apart while Scott Bailey, Lewis Ives and Ben Waud made inroads with every drive.

Centre and man of the match Ben Garwood ran great lines all day and second-rower Harry Parkinson pulled Ovenden’s defence apart as they ran out convincing 48-18 winners.

“Ovenden can hold their heads high, but losing their half back 20 minutes into the first half for punching was never going to help,” added Barnes.

With the league play-off final to be played on June 9, Robson’s talented crew could land a fantastic treble this season.

A depleted Rangers side, faced Division Four champions Siddal in the Halifax and District ARL Handicap Cup final.

This was always going to be a tall order as Siddal made a mockery of the handicap advantage of 29 points start. Rangers just never got going and Siddal proved what strength they have in depth, and are a bench mark for the Brighouse side to strive towards.

“We had some great performances from Jamie Barraclough and Elliot Briggs, but we just couldn’t match Siddal on the day,” said Barnes. “Andrew Houlihan and Lee Robson tried their hardest to try to make inroads, but were just held back by Siddal.”