Talented Andrew Esmond leads the way at Brighouse Rangers’ awards night

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BRIGHOUSE Rangers ARLFC’s annual presentation evening proved another successful event on Saturday.

Held in Brighouse Sports Club’s banqueting suite, Andrew Esmond – who has several Super League and Championship clubs eyeing him up for the 2017 season – picked up three awards for Players’ Player of the year, Player of the Year and Man of Steel award.

Former Brighouse Old Boys Football Club centre-half Reece Bray, who made a mid-season switch to the handling code, picked up the Most Improved Player of the Year, and Liam Pitman-Smith was Coaches’ Player of the Year.

A packed room of players and officials were entertained by local band Junction 35. Brighouse Rangers start back to pre-season training on Tuesday week, July 19 at 7pm under coach Andy Ambler. New players are welcome.

The chief guest on the night was 80-year-old BARLA patron and former Chief Executive, Maurice Oldroyd.

He was invited by another local veteran of the game, Jeff Greenwood, who has now had a 42-year association with the club since he helped reform the former professional outfit in the mid-seventies.

n Brighouse Rangers Under-14s impressed in their first match for almost a month, despite losing 24-16 at Hunslet Warriors.

The hosts opened the scoring and, although Brighouse fought back with strong running from the forwards and jinking runs from the centres, Hunslet stood firm.

Joe Porter, Fred Woodhouse and Oliver Peterkin touched down for Rangers and Robbie Butterworth and Josh Riley kicked goals.

Nathan Smith was their man of the match.

A couple of Brighouse players were in the wars though, with Lucas Birts breaking an ankle in the pre-game warm-up, while Robbie Butterworth took a nasty knock to the head, which required a hospital check.

Brighouse face a tough battle against Dewsbury Moor next Sunday.