“LET’S hit the new year ground hard and running,” is the cry from Brighouse Rangers head coach Craig Young, and second team coach Nigel Briggs.
“We had a good training session last Saturday to blow the Christmas turkey and stuffing away, and get some rugby appetite back into the lads for this coming Saturday’s games, “ said Young.
This Saturday Rangers’ first team travel to Savile Park, Halifax to face King Cross Park (2.00) in the first defence of the Joseph Fee Memorial trophy.
“We had our great day out last May and want that day out again,” enthused Young. “We had a disappointing end to 2012, but we aim to put that right and get on back on track starting this Saturday.
“We know King Cross will provide a stern test, but with the squad I have and the addition of former professional Darren Robinson and the re-signing of Andrew Walters, it should make us a strong team to play against.
“We have a few more imminent signings to come which will provide competition for places, which has been missing in recent weeks.
“Without doubt we are a good side on our day, and I am a lot more confident in going forward with the squad I have.
“The lads can’t wait to get playing again, and we are confident of having a good game on Saturday.
“King Cross have had a similar season to ourselves, so no doubt they will fancy their chances too.
“Who wants it most on the day is the key, as in the two games last season they were quite close games and with us coming out on top.”
Nigel Briggs takes his first game in charge this Saturday and its a Pennine ARL cup game away to Slaithwaite Saracens A (2.00).
“I can’t wait to get going again, and I have a good young squad under me,” said Briggs, after training.
“All the players have rallied round in the Christmas break after what can only be described has a disappointing end to 2012.
Chairman Dave Barnes added: “Let’s be honest, with the Pennine League chiefs watching our every step, it’s last chance saloon for the seconds having missed two games through lack of players.
“If we fail to turn up again we have gone,”
Briggs, in typical positive mood chipped in: ”I have over 30 players signed on and have just recently signed Ryan Slater, Nathan Thomas and Mathew Graydon.
“All the aforenamed have played for Rangers in the past and know me as a coach and how much I want to bring back the fun and success to the seconds.
“Most people probably won’t give us a chance against Slaithwaite as they sit second in the league and we are rock bottom.
“But that is what cup games are for, and we are traveling to Huddersfield to cause an upset and get ourselves in the hat for the next round.
“Again, I urge every player past or present to get down and let’s get us climbing back up the league again.”
Chairman Barnes, his committee, coaches and players send their best wishes for the New Year to all their supporters and members at Brighouse Sports Club.