Stanley Rangers continued their good form with a convincing win over Sheffield Hawks 38-20.
Stanley could be forgiven for a slow start as it had been their 3rd game in a week, and this proved the case. Sheffield scored early on, a big forward pack and the Stanley slope proving the key for 6-0 lead. Stanley worked their way up the field well with forwards Hopkinson, Halford and a solid 60-metre run by Joseph Hudson to set Stanley up for an impressive Joel Kay to get over, Rowley adding the extras. A tough battle in the middle of the field started to form, with Sheffield getting the upper hand with a big forward pack and an impressive number 6 doing the damage. A powerful run and a try under the posts converted by the Hawks stand off gave Sheffield a 12-6 lead. Stanley again were put under real pressure on their own goal line. For two repeat sets the Rangers boys kept out the Hawks, led by Harnetty, Hopkinson, Hampshire and Lewis Pemberton showing great determination to stop Sheffield extending their lead. Stanley then levelled after some good forward work to put Hopkinson over for another converted try, 12-12. With 5 minutes to go Sheffield got over for another unconverted try, 12-16. With a matter of minutes till the break, Stanley worked their way in to a good position with some slick handling from Bayliss, Harnetty and the ever-improving Dylan Roberts which got a quick-thinking Harnetty over in the corner. Kian Rowley converted from the touchline, 18-16 lead at the break,
Stanley's game plan started to show as hooker Bayliss and the Stanley wingers Wilkinson and slick and elusive second row Lewis Pemberton doing some real damage. Rangers got into a good position to get Kian Rowley over for a try again, kicking the conversion, 24-16. Stanley then worked into a good position with solid carries from Hudson and impact sub Alfie Miller making loads of metres, Harnetty's quick thinking getting him over for his 2nd try, again Rowley converting, 30-16. Stanley were now in full control - another storming 20 metre run from Miller, who powered his way over for a well deserved try, Rowley missing the conversion. Late in the game, a brilliant pick up from Hopkinson hit the line hard, breaking through and showing great pace to get over out wide for an unconverted try, 38-16. Rangers were really enjoying themselves now but some expansive play caused a knock-on in their own half allowed Sheffield to get over out wide, although the conversion missed as the ref's whistle sounded.
A good 38-20 win gives Stanley some confidence for their next match - a trip to top-of-the-league Emley Moor.
Impressive work from Owen Hopkinson gained him the Man of the Match award.