Manchester Rangers travelled to Orrell St James and were looking to take advantage of their second life in the North West Mens Shield. With a number of forced changes from the big win over Culcheth, there was a different look to the Manchester team, but a strong 17 nonetheless.
Orrell had recalled a number of veterans for the fixture and early on they showed that they hadn’t lost any of their skill. A crunching first 5 minutes saw both sides trying to win the early arm wrestle but it was Orrell who could cross the line first with good handling seeing them go in at the corner. A second quick-fire Orrell try saw them take a 10 – 0 lead after just 10 minutes.
It was some time before the next try was registered and it was Orrell who would extend their lead. On 24 minutes the Orrell pack tied up Rangers defence and allowed space on the outside for the ball to be spread and the backs to exploit. A second try in 7 minutes and Orrell’s fourth of the match gave them a healthy 22 – 0 lead which is how it would remain until half time
Half Time: Orrell St James 22 – 0 Manchester Rangers
Steve Molloy gave the Manchester side some areas to work on at half time and these would prove fruitful shortly after. On 43 minute big Ste Adamson crashed over the line to register Manchester’s first points of the game, despite being competitive for large parts. Kyle Buckley-Mayall missed the conversion and Orrell led 22 – 4.
Orrell would soon hit back to extend their lead through as they started to play some very good open Rugby League. Two quick tries saw them go 32 – 4 ahead until Brian Massey hit an angled line to get one back for the rangers, Buckley-Mayall again unsuccessful with the conversion and Manchester were 32 – 8 down.
It was Manchester who would go in for the next try when captain, Andy Lewis, picked the ball up from the base of the scrum and ran 60m to go get 4 points on the board. Jordan Green successful with the conversion.
The last try of the game would come from Orrell with yet another well executed play wide which saw their winger go over in the corner, a good conversion from the touchline saw the end of the scoring for either time.
Full Time: Orrell St James 38 – 14 Manchester Rangers
Steve Molloy said after the game, “Despite the score line there were plenty of positives to take from the match, for large parts of the game the we were competitive or on top of them. St James were a very well drilled team that could quite capably compete in several leagues above and we stuck with them well for large majorities of the match.
“Saya was phenomenal for us when he came on, he is deceptively strong and the Orrell lads found that out today.
“Credit to Orrell, they deserved their win, the focus for us now has to be to become more consistent in the league and start climbing the ladder”
Manchester Rangers Squad:
1. Matt Valentine, 2. Mike Greensmith, 3. Tyrone Parsonage, 4. Josh Dolan, 5. George Edge, 6. Kyle Buckley-Mayall, 7. Jordan Green, 8. Scott Houston, 9.Allan Khonje, 10. Dan Stroker, 11. Brian Massey, 12. Chris Bamber, 13. Andy Lewis (Capt), 14. Michael Heys-Burke, 15. Dougie Saya, 16. Anthony Lewis, 17. Ste Adamson
Rangers Man of Match – Douglas Saya
|18th April 2015||1:00 pm||North West Mens League Division 2||2015|
|Bankes Avenue Playing Fields|
Orrell St James
|6||Private: Kyle Buckley-Mayall||Stand Off||1||0||0||0||0|
|9||Allan Khonje 14||Hooker||1||0||0||0||0|
|15||Douglas Saya 10||Prop||1||0||0||0||0|
|29||Jordan Green||Scrum Half||1||0||1||0||0|
|14||Michael Heys-Burke 9||Hooker||1||0||0||0||0|
Head Coach: Steve Molloy