‘We’re still good enough to win’

“WE can’t afford another blip” - that was the message from Brighouse Rangers boss Alex Muff to his players.

Rangers now look to get their Pennine ARL Division Two promotion season back on track when they entertain Bradford side West bowling A (Saturday 2pm).

Last week’s disappointing result at Selby when six key players failed to travel cost them dearly.

Player-assistant coach Mark Horne said a win at Selby would have meant they had only to win two out of the last seven, but now its six from the last seven with Selby going head to head with them chasing Thornhill Trojans.

Coach Muff said: “If you look at the squad we have we should fear no one.

“But, what can’t be helped is injuries and work commitments, which no doubt other teams will be suffering as well.

“Even without influential players, Rangers squad is good enough to win games.”

Having faced West Bowling earlier in the season, Rangers won’t be as complacent as last time as Bowling held their own until the later stages of the game.

Muff told his players on Tuesday night that the defensive game at Selby was unusually poor and in training this week he would be attempting to rectify that.

At the moment Rangers are still without Stuart Proctor, Alan Bottomley and Matty Dawson but will see the return of Wayne Jowett, Andy Sagars and Neil Walton.

Rangers second string hope to build on last week’s win when they travel to Rochdale to face Whitworth Spartans (2pm).

New coach Phil Bardsey was pleased with his first game in charge and is looking forward to his first league game.

Whitworth were promoted last season with Rangers, and although beaten comfortably at Russell Way earlier in the season, this will be a stiffer task.

Bardsey said: “As long as we can continue getting people back down and refocused we can push on for the rest of the season.

“With hopefully first teamers returning this will give the squad a stronger look come Saturday.

“Last week’s man of the match, Carl Goodaire, is relishing the trip and is now fully fit and concentrating on the rest of season.

“Joe Taphouse has worked really hard getting the lads down to play and now realises how hard it can be so hats off to him.”