Stanley Rangers Under 14s travelled to table-topping Heworth on Sunday after hosting the same team the previous Sunday where Rangers were on the wrong end of a 34-6 defeat. Stanley were left licking their wounds but the return fixture this week gave them no time to rest, needing a massive improvement in performance and Stanley delivered.
Stanley welcomed back fullback Danny Earnshaw from a long injury lay off and new signing Logan Wheelhouse from the Eastmoor Dragons making his debut, as well as Josh Garrett's 1st appearance of the season. Stanley were confident of a big performance and started the better. Led by hooker Dan Gilfeather, the Stanley pack showed their dominance led by Talbot, Hampshire, Halford, Hopkinson and the impressive Blake Medlock. The pressure mounted on the Heworth line, the defence held firm and a few errors kept the score at 0-0 for the first 15 minutes. Both defences were on top for long periods and some thunderous tackles were being made. Stanley were pulling the strings with Half backs Wheelhouse and Clay Harnetty and the Rangers backs taking pressure off the pack led by Earnshaw, Rogerson, Kay, Roberts and Ben Bradbury. The game then swung Heworth's way with a penalty and some slick hands then saw the black and whites' player cross the whitewash on the stroke of halftime, 6-0.
Stanley again started the half well and a real arm wrestle started to take place. Heworth applied pressure with 3 sets on the Rangers line and a great move and pass out the back saw the fullback dive in the corner, 10-0. Stanley had to dig in and that they did some powerful runs and a great pace saw Owen Hopkinson breeze through a gap, a great goose step round the fullback and a foot race to the line saw him score out wide. The conversion missed and with 3 minutes on the clock and Rangers receiving the restart they tried everything but Heworth held firm for the win, 10-4.
Rangers coaches were pleased with the boys' efforts and felt that if we had been a little sharper in attack we could have taken the 2 points back to Stanley. It was a close call but Blake Medlock came away with Stanley's Man of the Match award and debutant Logan Wheelhouse picked up the Opposition's Man of the Match.
Stanley host York Acorn this Sunday, 11.30am kick off.