Debutants Jacob Winstanley, Ricky Ward and Josh Ogden turn in impressive performances to lead Manchester Rangers to victory.
In the first ever encounter between the two clubs, Manchester Rangers travelled away to face a strong Little Hulton Reds. Little Hulton sits in the division above the Rangers and were certain to provide a stern test. The Rangers made no less than 9 changes to the team that were victorious over Cadishead Rhinos to allow injured players time to recover.
In damp and dreary conditions, the match started off as expected with an arm wrestle down the middle. Both sides were making early errors but it was Manchester who would be first to capitalise. After a sustained period of pressure on the Little Hulton line, the ball was fed to Nick Ryan who bust through two despairing defenders to score the first points of the afternoon. Kyle Buckley-Mayall kicking the conversion to make it 0 – 6.
Manchester Rangers then ceased the initiative and pushed forward, dominating the first quarter of play. This was rewarded through a further try as Jacob Winstanley crashed over from hooker on debut, Kyle Buckley-Mayall making it 0 – 12.
The second Rangers try acted as a rally call to Little Hulton’s charges and they started to get a foot hold back in the game. As the Reds pushed forward with ferocious runs, the Manchester side were a little too keen to get off their line and close them down. This led to the sin binning of scrum half and Captain Josh Watson for repeated offside.
Manchester defended heroically as the Reds looked to capitalise on the extra man advantage with a sustained period of pressure on the Rangers line. A number of chances were cut down through impressive last ditch defence; the pick of the bunch from George Edge with a certain try saver. The advantage eventually took its toll as Little Hulton worked the ball out to the left and found space to go over for a converted try. 6 – 12.
HALF TIME: Little Hulton Reds 6 – 12 Manchester Rangers
The half time break saw an upturn in the conditions as the sun found a gap in the clouds to halt the relentless rain. The second half began as the first, with both teams looking to win the early arm wrestle and take the early initiative. As Little Hulton began to get frustrated with the tight Rangers defence, they started to give away a number of penalties. The impressive Max Horsfall capitalised on the gifted field position, going over in the corner. Kyle-Buckley Mayall missing the conversion on this occasion, 6 – 16.
The next Rangers try was worthy of the highlights reel with some great Rugby League on show. Manchester attacked from their own half as Max Horsfall broke down the right edge and fed Ricky Ward to take the ball into the Reds 20m. John Souter then carried the ball forward and provided a nice offload to release Brian Massey. Massey then looked to have been shut down by impressive cover defence but produced a Rangi Chase-Esque offload to the supporting Josh Watson who crashed over for Rangers’ 4th try of the afternoon. Kyle Buckley-Mayall making no mistake to put the score at 6 – 22.
Straight from the resulting kick off, a low and bobbling kick from the Reds forced a knock on, Little Hulton now had great field position and a chance to get back into the game. The Reds wasted no time in doing so and went over for a good try to the right of the sticks, pushing the scores back to 12 – 22.
That was to be the last time Little Hulton would trouble the scorers in this game as Manchester stepped up a gear and shut out the reds, dominating the final 20 minutes of play. Tries through George Edge, Tyrone Parsonage and Brain Massey put Little Hulton to the sword and saw Manchester Rangers run away worthy winners.
FULL TIME: Little Hulton Reds 12 – 36 Manchester Rangers
Manchester Rangers showed their strength in depth in this fixture by coming out convincing winners against a tenacious Little Hulton Reds. Impressive debuts from Jacob Winstanley, Ricky Ward and Josh Ogden helped the Rangers on the way to their win and will be sure to give Steve Molloy a selection headache in anticipation of this week’s league fixture with Garswood Stags.
Man of the Match: Max Horsfall & Nick Ryan
Manchester Rangers: 36
Tries: Nick Ryan, Jacob Winstanley, Max Horsfall, Josh Watson, George Edge, Tyrone Parsonage, Brian Massey
Goals: Kyle Buckley-Mayall (4 from 7)
Manchester Rangers Squad:
1. Jubril Olajide, 2. Phil Conroy, 3. Max Horsfall, 4. Joe Moura Da Luz, 5. George Edge, 6. Kyle Buckley-Mayall, 7. Josh Watson, 8. Nick Ryan, 9. Jacob Winstanley, 10. John Souter, 11. Brian Massey, 12. Ricky Ward, 13. Tyrone Parsonage, 14. Joe Regan, 15. Brandon Rourke, 16. Mike Greensmith, 17. Joe Cleary, 18. Josh Ogden
|20th June 2015||2:30 pm||North West Mens League Division 2||2015|
Little Hulton Reds
|5||Joe Moura Da Luz||Centre||1||1||0||0||0|
|6||Private: Kyle Buckley-Mayall||Centre||1||0||4||0||0|
|16||Private: Joe Regan||Prop||1||0||0||0||0|
|19||Jordan Green||Scrum Half||1||0||0||0||0|
|20||Private: Brian Massey||Centre||1||1||0||0||0|