Manchester Rangers too strong for Bury Broncos ‘A’ at Manchester Regional Arena in Friday’s exciting North West Men’s League round 16 fixture.
The Bronco’s heading in to the fixture in fine form themselves started off like a house on fire. Kieron Marshall crossing in the corner to post the first points of the game on 2 minutes. Bury were enjoying much of the possession in the early exchanges and caught the home side napping in the 14th minute when centre, Liam Sixsmith dotted down in the same corner as Marshall’s try earlier on.
This fast start from Bury was a bit of a bolt from the blue for the Rangers, but a score was not far away. It took a while for Molloy’s men to feel their way into the game but some fine running and flowing moves soon followed. George Edge being provided with possession before going over in the corner in what was a well worked try. Jordan Green adding the extras to cut the Broncos lead to 2.
Both teams became involved in a bit of a chess match, and it was 20 minutes before there was anything to cheer about for the watching Rangers supporters. This year’s leading try scorer Brian Massey forcing his way through the Bury defence on the stroke of half time and scoring under the sticks, an easy conversion for Green, who is in fine form with the boot of late.
Half Time: Manchester Rangers 12 – 8 Bury Broncos ‘A’
During the half time break the future of Rugby League took to the field in the shape of Bury Broncos U7’s & U8’s. The juniors showing the cheering crowd some excellent running in a game of ‘Tackle Bulldog’.
Shortly after the half time interval, Tyrone Parsonage dotted down for Rangers. The Rangers centre barging on to the ball before busting through some would be tacklers to cross just to the left of the uprights, Green good with his third conversion of the night, ticking the score board over to read Rangers 18 – 8 Broncos.
Never giving up on the task at hand, two Broncos tries in ten minutes saw them tie the game up. The Broncos responded almost immediately to that Parsonage score, some fine work by Tyler Nolan on his way to the line for his side’s first score of the half. Broncos Stand-Off Sean Kelly was next in on the act, scampering over for a try on the right hand side. Stephen Critchley converting one of the two bringing the scores to 18 – 18.
That was to be the Broncos last hurrah in what was an enthralling game from start to finish. Further scores from McCarthy, Gooch and Ryan put the game to bed for the Rangers.
Rangers Man of the Match Jack McCarthy capped off a fine performance with a superb solo effort when scoring his third try of the season in Rangers colours, Green once again converting Rangers now back in front 24 – 18.
David Gooch scored a trademark try 10 minutes from time, the powerful second rower cutting a fine line, wrong footing defenders and beating all contenders to the line. Conversion missed, Manchester Rangers had now seemingly knocked the wind out of the Bury sails.
In the Final act of the game, Nick Ryan, who had entered the field of play moments earlier as an interchange carved an angled run which saw him cut the Broncos open like a hot knife through butter for an unconverted try.
Full Time: Manchester Rangers 32 – 18 Bury Broncos ‘A’
Speaking after the game, Rangers Man of the Match Jack McCarthy said;
“It was a great team performance from us overall.
“There were a few mistakes thrown in there which of course gives us something to work on ahead of next week’s big game against Rochdale.
“Both teams played some great Rugby and the highlights reel will certainly make for good watching. Fair play to Bury, they came here and really took it to us.
“It was good to get over for a try myself, I am really enjoying being at the club and I am playing well at the minute.
“We have got to focus now for next week’s massive game against Rochdale Cobras.
Manchester Rangers 32
Squad: Valentine, Edge, Dolan, Parsonage, Moura Da Luz, Buckley-Mayall, Green, Regan, Winstanley, Ryan, Gooch, McCarthy, Ward
Interchages: Massey, Bamber, Ogden, Fairlie, Allen, Winfield, Stones
Tries: Edge, Massey, Parsonage, McCarthy, Gooch, Ryan
Goals: Green (4)
Bury Broncos ‘A’ 18
Squad: Crumlish, Marshall, Sixsmith, Critchley, Rawlinson, S. Kelly, D. Kelly, Sam Donley, Spencer, Lynch, Nolan, Hardman, Bretherton
Interchanges: Donnelly, Latham, Brookes, Palin, Carter, Speake, Phillips
Tries: Marshall, Sixsmith, Nolan, Kelly
Goals: Critchley (1)
Match Officials: Chris Leatherbarrow, Rob Foxley, Phil Costello
|25th September 2015||7:30 pm||North West Mens League Division 2||2015|
|Manchester Regional Arena|
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Head Coach: Steve Molloy
Bury Broncos ‘A’
Head Coach: Ryan Lewis