Rangers step up preparations with Russell Way double header

Brighouse Rangers v Illingworth. Reece Spurr.
Brighouse Rangers v Illingworth. Reece Spurr.

Brighouse Rangers have a double header of pre-season friendly matches at Russell Way this Saturday, where Richard Flynn’s second team take on Allerton Bywater followed by Gary Barnett’s first team who entertain Pennine League Premiership side Slaithwaite Saracens.

“This will be another tough test for us says,” assistant coach Craig Young.

“With a few more players returning in recent weeks to training there is plenty of competition for places and a real buzz around the place.

“Training has been of the highest quality, by both the coaching team and the attitude of the players taking on board everything Gary has brought to the table.

“We will be kicking off at 3pm, and with the exception of Dane Bairstow we will have a full squad to pick from.

“With our first Division One fixture the week after against St Josephs, the players will be trying to show Gary and myself what they are capable of on the pitch rather than just the training ground.

“Again may we thank local people and businesses for their sponsorship of players.

“Jeff and Elizabeth Greenwood sponsoring Lee Robson, Ian Flynn sponsoring Gary Proctor, John Petty sponsoring Mark Horne and BAPP Ltd sponsoring Ben Garwood.”

Chairman Dave Barnes said: “It’s amazing the support we have had this season, and long may it continue.

“Both teams will be wearing their new strips thanks to A ONE Tools Ltd for sponsoring the first team strip and thanks to Rayner’s Hair and Creation for sponsoring the second team strip.

“Richard Flynn is excited for his first game in charge of the second team.

“They will face Castleford side Allerton Bywater (1.30) who themselves have just entered the league.

“They don’t kick off their season until September 21 so this will give Richard and his assistant Stuart Hardaker a chance to assess all the players.

“Its been a baptism of fire since Richard took over, but he is relishing the opportunity.”

The Rugby League World Cup trophy, currently held by New Zealand, will be on display in Webster’s Insurance Brokers on Commercial Street on Wednesday, September 4 between 10-11am for the people of Brighouse to have their photo taken with it if they want to.

It will then move onto Brighouse Rangers ARLFC’s clubhouse at Russell Way from 6-7pm.