Manchester Rangers debutant Nick Ryan scores Hat-Trick of tries as Rangers turn in an impressive second half performance to overcome neighbouring rivals Cadishead Rhinos in North West Mens League round 8.
Manchester Rangers ran out emphatic victors in Saturdays NWML Division 4 encounter at Cadishead Recreation Centre, scoring 40 second half points to move up to 4th position in the league standings.
The ambitious Rangers played some very flambuoyant football throughout the game, however during the first half, nothing seemed to be sticking for the travelling side who made error after error. The first half was an even contest, and the game was looking like it was going to be yet another closely fought fixture. Manchester Rangers took the lead through Tyrone Parsonage, with Rangers scrum half Nick Holt missing what should have been a fairly straight forward conversion from 20 metres in from the touchline.
That Parsonage try would be the only points of the first half, although Manchester Rangers arguably had the better of both territory and possession during the first 40 minutes. At half time and with only 4 points seperating the two teams, it looked like it could be anyones game.
HALFTIME: Cadishead Rhinos 0 – 4 Manchester Rangers
The second half was a total change of fortune for Manchester Rangers, as now everything that Molloy’s men tried seemingly turned to gold. Some great work by Josh Watson and Max Horsfall freed up young winger George Edge to race 40m and beat all opposition to the try line for his fourth try of the 2015 campaign. Holt added the extras from the touchline to put his side 10 points to the good.
Direct from the resulting kick off Rangers prop forward Tom Hannon broke the Cadishead defensive line and linked with Josh Watson who in turn put Nick Ryan in for his first Rangers try on debut. Holt again was good with the boot. 0 -16 to Manchester Rangers.
Cadishead were not giving up on the fight, and had a spell of good possession, Jody Peers making a line break only to be tackled by some excellent Ranger’s scrambling defence. The next Rhinos play saw Ritchie Hayes combining with Mark Woodfine only for the ball to go in to touch and Rangers awarded a scrum.
Rangers were now playing some expansive stuff, and started to make easy metres up the field, Nick Ryan making a half break and offloading to the supporting Max Horsfall who went over for his side’s fourth try of the afternoon under the sticks. Once again the try was converted by Holt. 0 – 22
The next ten minutes saw the Rangers cross over for two more tries with Nick Ryan and Josh Watson breaking away and scoring two superb individual tries respectively. Holt, who was in fine form with the boot kicking both goals to put the Rhinos well and truly out of reach. 0 – 34
By this point the Rangers were looking rampant, and Joe Hesse got in on the act, busting through the Cadishead line and scoring a long range effort in the left hand corner. The Rangers fans didn’t know their 19st second rower had such speed in him, but are sure to want to see some more of the same from Hesse in future! Nick Holt kicked his 6th goal of the contest to complete his 12 point haul with the boot. 0 – 40
Manchester Rangers Hooker Nick Ryan completed the scoring on the stroke of the final whistle away in the right hand corner to complete his Hat-Trick in what was a man of the match performance from him, Holt this time unlucky with boot as his 8th conversion attempt sailed directly over the upright.
FULLTIME: Cadishead Rhinos 0 – 44 Manchester Rangers
Manchester Rangers travel to West Bank Bears on Saturday 6th June 2015, hoping to extend their impressive run of form which has now seen them win their last 3 matches.
|30th May 2015||2:30 pm||North West Mens League Division 2||2015|
|Cadishead Recreation Ground|
Head Coach: Paul Elliott
|1||Jubril Olajide 27||Fullback||1||0||0||0||0|
|3||Josh Dolan 37||Centre||1||0||0||0||0|
|5||Joe Moura Da Luz||Wing||1||0||0||0||0|
|15||Douglas Saya 10||Prop||1||0||0||0||0|
|16||Private: Joe Regan||Second-row||1||0||0||0||0|
|37||Max Horsfall 3||Centre||1||1||0||0||0|
Head Coach: Steve Molloy