UNDERBANK Rangers march on at the top of the Co-operative Conference after a 44-22 triumph over Warrington Wizards.
But the win at Wilderspool, their 14th from as many games this season, wasn’t as straightforward as the scoreline suggests, and it took a determined second-half push to seal in for Bank.
The game-clincher was a quickfire double by prop Chris Geoghegan which provided the Holmfirth side with a 24-point cushion.
Underbank were twice behind in the first half, with Ryan Millington going over and Warren Ayres adding the goal to put Warrington ahead.
Bank responded in the 11th minute when Alex Chatterton darted in after Neil Barrett’s kick rebounded off a home player.
Then Adam Carroll set up Sam Housley to break through for a try which scrum half Barrett converted for a 10-6 lead.
Warrington hit back when Millington’s high kick was fumbled and Chris Campbell pounced with Ayres adding the extras.
And the home lead became 16-10 when Campbell crossed wide on the left after good work by Alan Reddecliff.
Second row Housley’s second try of the game, after good work by Adam Ryder, set up Barrett for the goal which levelled the scores.
And prop Craig Williams crashed through two tackles to go over just before the break, with another Barrett goal making it 22-16.
After the turnaround, Bank took up where they left off, and after Paul Horsfall made good ground, quick reactions put Will Midgley in for another converted score.
Barrett’s break set up Ryder for a try, then Geoghegan twice combined sweetly with stand-off Sam Hendrick to register scores in the 62nd and 67th minutes.
Jordan Unsworth’s try, goaled by Millington, kept Underbank on their toes, but the visitors had the last word when Shaun Smith intercepted and raced 90 metres to cross.
Underbank go to play-off chasing Coventry Bears on Sunday.
Underbank: Midgley, Allette, Chatterton, Ryder, Smith; Hendrick, Barrett; Williams, Carroll, Dalby, Housley, Briggs, St Hilaire. Subs (all used): Mitchell, Geoghegan, Cummings, Horsfall.