Brighouse Rangers Under 15’s were looking to make it 3 wins in a row when they took on York Acorn today at Russell Way. A squad of 21 players were available which meant 3 players had to miss out. From the kick off centre Liam Watson returned the ball with force to leave his opposite number flattened, and after a short stoppage the York player left the field. Lifted by this Brighouse took the game to York with some strong running, good passing and clever tactical kicking, backed up with some strong defence. On the 15 minute mark the ball was worked through hands to stand off Alex Greenwood
who side stepped through a gap and powered his way to the tryline to score a good try. Jack Hallsworth
converted and at 6-0 Brighouse were looking the better team. The kick off was kicked low and hard to the touchline by York which took a wicked bounce and skipped up into the air and into touch resulting in a scrum to York. York worked five drives to infront of the Brighouse posts and with Brighouse expecting a kick York sent an arse ball to a strong running forward who powered his way over the line . The kick was converted to tie the scores at 6-6. From the kick off Brighouse were looking to contain York in their half but some strong running got York into the Brighouse 20 metres and with a clever cross field kick York found their winger who caught the ball to score in the corner. The kick was again converted. On the restart Brighouse produced some poor defence and York went straight down field to post a try from within their own half straight from the kick off. The kick was converted to the sound of the half time whistle and what had started off well for Brighouse had turned into a 6-18 deficit. York were first to score in the second half and the game really did look to be going away from Brighouse with the score at 24-6, but with some strong running from the forwards Brighouse found themselves in the York 20 metres. Ben Wrightson
had now moved back to hooker from loose forward and from the dummy half position he quickly scooped up the ball to weave and power his way through a scrambling York defence to score a well taken opportunistic try. Jack Hallsworth
once again converted and Brighouse were back in the game at 12-24. Brighouse were now looking to push on and really take the game to York, but a string of uncharacteristic errors from kicks cost them dearly. Four times with York going nowhere and being forced to kick deep on the last tackle, Brighouse came up with errors to gift York four easy tries all of which were converted. This seemed to knock the fight out of Brighouse and heads did drop which was disappointing given that for most of the match Brighouse had given York a game and had made them work hard to score their points. In the latter stages York posted further tries to leave the scoreline at Brighouse Rangers 12 York Acorn 48. Brighouse had played well for the best part of the game but had let the game get away from them in a crazy 10 minute spell at the back end of the 2nd half. As had happened in the Yorkshire Cup Brighouse had been beaten but can be pleased with the fact that they had made York work hard this time around and were it not for the crazy spell the scoreline could have and probably should have been a lot better. Man of the Match for Brighouse was second rower Ellis Gawthorne
who ran well with the ball and never missed a tackle. Second Man of the Match was second rower Lewis Pearson who again ran well with the ball and tackled well. Third Man of the Match was prop forward Reece Ward
who at times was nearly unstoppable going forward and made plenty of impact rotating from the subs bench. Brighouse will now look at working hard in training this week in preparation for what should be another big test. Remember boys if you want to keep your playing shirts then it’s down to yourselves and how you perform in training and on how you performed today. To the 3 Brighouse players who missed out, the coaching staff will be looking at the way you reacted and the way you now respond so again it’s down to yourselves and how you train to win back a place on the teamsheet. If we could we would play 21 but unfortunately that is not allowed. Well done today on an improved performance against York Acorn since the last time we played them, but there is still work to be done to minimise the errors so that we can eventually get round to beating them. So let’s see you all down at training this week, with heads switched on eager to put things right that we got wrong, and as I’ve already said well done today for the things that we got right.