On a miserable day, the conditions set the tone for the game with driving rain and plenty of mud making for a scrappy game of Rugby League. In a game where Rangers were looking to get their first points of the year, they were in control for large parts of the game but Chorley’s clinical attack just edged the Rangers out.
The game started as you would expect in the conditions, it was a tight nip and tuck affair with just two tries featuring in the first half, one for each team. The rangers struck first when the ball was worked to the right edge and Phil Conroy capitalised diving over in the corner. Jordan Green converting the try from out wide gave the Rangers an early 6 point lead.
Chorley then struck back right on the stroke of half time after a good individual effort from their winger. After putting a chip over the top, he collected the ball and raced 60m to score. With a successful conversion, the game was levelled as the referee blew his whistle for half time.
The second half started disastrously for the Rangers as they left heir heads in the sheds and Chorley capitalised early on. With the Panthers well on top, they scored
three quick fire tries in 10 minutes to establish a strong lead early in the second stanza. 2 successful conversions further extending the Panthers lead and giving Manchester a mountain to climb to get back into the game.
Rangers rallied back through Josh Hill as he went over to get his team back into the game. The Loose Forward showing too much power to the Chorley defence as he crashed over the line from short range. Jordan Green unsuccessful with the conversion but Manchester had moved back to within two scores of the leading Panthers.
Manchester would once again pull the deficit closer as Max Horsfall continued his imperious try scoring form. The Rangers once again finding success through their right flank as the ball was worked wide to Horsfall, who
showed too much strength, to beat his man to the try line. Jordan Green adding the extras and setting up a tense finish to the game.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, time ran out before the comeback could be completed and Chorley took the spoils as narrow victors on the day.
FULL TIME: Chorley Panthers 22 – 16 Manchester Rangers
Manchester Rangers: 16
Tries: Conroy, Hill, Horsfall
Goals: Green (2 from 3)
Manchester Rangers Squad: 1. Jesse Godwin, 2. Phil Conroy, 3. Chris Bamber, 4. Max Horsfall, 5.Tyrone Chipchase, 6. Ben Steele, 7. Jordan Green, 8. Nick Ryan, 9. Josh Ogden, 10. Jack McCarthy, 11, Joe Collins, 12. Chris Allen, 13. Josh Hill, 14. Rubin Holland, 15. Joe Regan, 16. Dougie Saya, 17. Adam Heal