Rangers looking to secure double over Birkenshaw

Actions from Brighouse Rangers v Birkenshaw at Russell Way. Pictured is Andrew Esmond.
Actions from Brighouse Rangers v Birkenshaw at Russell Way. Pictured is Andrew Esmond.

Brighouse Rangers travel to face Birkenshaw on Saturday (2.00), looking to continue their good recent form.

Although Rangers beat Birkenshaw convincingly earlier in the season, there will be no complacency as the Bradford side are a decent outfit.

“We have clicked as a unit since our defeat at Illingworth, and it’s great to see a bunch of lads performing from start to finish,” said chairman Dave Barnes.

“If the lads apply the same attitude as last week, we should come away with the points.

“We have a slight injury concern over Dane Bairstow’s arm injury, and it will be great to have a near full strength squad to choose from.”

Richard Flynn’s second team welcome Leeds side Garforth to Russell Way (2.00) for a Division Five encounter.

“We will look to build on last week’s draw with Hollinwood and come away with two points on Saturday,” said an upbeat Flynn.

“Garforth are an unknown quantity and lie third after being promoted last season.

“We have played well against the top sides this season, and a win would give our lads a bit of self belief.”

Scott Bailey, Mark Barton and Nicky Barraclough return this weekend.

The Pennine Presidents Cup draw was made on Monday evening and Rangers’ first team have an away tie at Championship side Westgate Wolves.

Rangers second team have also been handed an away tie against Division Seven side Greetland A in the Supplementary Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy.

Brighouse Sports bonfire and firework extravaganza takes place at the club on Tuesday evening at 6.15pm.

Brighouse Rangers 52

Lindley Swifts 6

Pennine ARL Championship Division One

Captain Scott Bradley set Rangers on their way to victory after a smart off load from prop Andrew Walters, with Gary Proctor converting.

Lindley hit back immediately with a converted try after a lapse in concentration.

That was all the incentive Rangers needed and centre Reece Spurr evaded three would-be tacklers to go over for Gary Proctor to convert and regain the lead at 12-6 before Jordan Sild made the half time score 16-6 at the break.

Rangers never looked back as Bradley pierced the Lindley defence to go over under the sticks. Proctor added the extras.

Young sub Andrew Esmond wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet after great work by Spurr before Alex Muff went over after great work from Stuart Proctor, Gary Proctor converting.

Scrum-half Dane Bairstow sent two defenders the wrong way before side stepping Lindley’s full-back to dart over for another Proctror converted try.

Straight from the kick off Luxford ran 30 yards and evaded tackles for another converted try before Esmond scored a trademark try, Proctor completing the scoring.

Hollinwood 30

Brighouse Rangers A 30

Pennine ARL Division Five

Rangers started like a house on fire and great work by Mark Bean and Karl Frankland sent Joe Campbell through a gaping hole to score.

Hollinwood hit back with three converted tries after which skipper Lee Robson powdered over after great forward play by Jamie Holroyd and Josh McLean. Frankland converted to make it 16-10 at the break.

Rangers took the game to Hollinwood and scored a great try through Mark Bean, Frankland again converted.

Rangers were in again when Frankland dummied the defence, spun and powered his way over after strong running from Kasim Hussain.

Player-coach Richard Flynn walked over from close range and after Hollinwood scored an unconverted try, Pete Lopag crossed.

With the last play of the game Hollinwood scored out wide to rescue the game.