PREVIEW: Chorley Panthers v Manchester Rangers

Rangers look for back to back wins as they make the trip up to Chorley Panthers


Adam Heal produces an offload against Oldham St Annes A

Rangers bounced back in style last week as they put a solid Oldham St Annes A to the sword, picking up a 46 points to 22 win. Chorley picked up a point as they made the short trip to Leyland Warriors and returned home with an 18 all draw. Those results see Rangers placed top and Chorley placed 5th going into round 8.

2017 saw two closely contested games between the two sides as Rangers fell at the home of the panthers 16 – 22 before gaining their revenge with a 32 – 26 victory at Manchester Regional Arena later in the year. Chorley will bring a tough threat to the Rangers side this weekend;

Head Coach, Matt Valentine, has warned his players against complacency

Chorley have had a scratchy start to the year but they’ve picked up some very good wins which shows that they can play. It’s vital we don’t go into this game with any complacency, I felt that happened against Ulverston a couple of weeks back and it came to bite us. We raised our game for the likes of St Judes and St Annes and it’s important we keep that level consistent throughout the year.

Last year Chorley had a big powerful pack and I would expect them to be the same this year. We need to control that threat and stop them from getting a roll on so we can compete in the middle. I’m always confident our edges can capitalise on the foundations our pack sets, so it’s up to those big men in the middle to get the job done.


Chorley Panthers v Manchester Rangers

Saturday 12th May, 14:30KO

Panther Park