This weekend Stanley U14s faced Normanton Knights in the Yorkshire Junior League.
Rangers started the best and ran the ball with purpose, lead by Blake Medlock and the Stanley pack with Talbot, Halford, Blick and Hopkinson making big metres, but Knights withstood the pressure to break away and go ahead with a try out wide to make it 4-0. Stanley didn't take long to get back in it with Kay, Auty, Roberts and Ben Bradbury ripping into the Normanton line followed by a brilliant run by Medlock and some quick hands got space for the impressive Danny Earnshaw to get over in the corner, 4-4. The boys in red and black soon grabbed control of the game with hooker Dan Gilfeather, Clay Harnetty and Joe Hampshire bossing the Stanley team. Some slick hands off the back of a Lewis Kelly drive saw Ben Bradbury power over out wide, the conversion missed and Stanley went in 4-8 leaders at the break.
The start of the 2nd half started badly for Rangers, conceding 2 early tries, one converted to lead 14-8. Stanley needed to swing the momentum and they did that lead by some impressive ball movement and powerful running. Stanley forced their way up field through Kelly, Medlock and Kay, the latter spotting a gap to breeze through the Knights line and score under the sticks, converted by Earnshaw, 14-14. Again Rangers were on the move powering down the field, Clay Harnetty spotting space to put a brilliant kick into space for Earnshaw to get his 2nd try and what should have been the winning try, 14-18. With minutes left Stanley completed their set and kicked deep but unfortunately a couple of missed tackles and some space out wide saw Normanton score in the corner, 18-18 and with time up a brilliant kick from the touchline broke Stanley's hearts and the Knights won 20-18.
Stanley had some impressive performances lead by Charlie Halford, Blake Medlock and Man of the Match winner Liam Auty.
Stanley coaches Paul Dean and John Harnetty were left deflated after the loss knowing the best team lost - the game backed up by the Normanton coaches words after the game. Rangers look to bounce back with a home tie next week against Elland