Underbank maintained their unbeaten start to their National Conference League Third Division campaign with a hard-fought 19-6 home win over Woolston Rovers.
It was also a result which keeps Rangers second in the table, just two points behind early pacesetters Featherstone Lions, who have played one game more.
But Woolston made it tough for their hosts, with the scores were level at 6-6 at the break as both sides’ defences were on top throughout the game.
Underbank finally took control with a score just before the hour by captain and hooker Andy Boothroyd.
Underbank were missing injured Matt Adam, Dan Pawson and Dan Farrand, plus the unavailable Napolioni Vinaka, Stephen Berry, Jamie Stringer and Craig Williams, but welcomed back the influential Boothroyd, the returning full back Tom Eidson from a shoulder injury and Rob Joyce to the bench, plus ex-skipper Lee St Hilaire making his season bow.
In a well-refereed encounter, Rangers opened the scoring after nine minutes when the opportunist Boothroyd burst through and found centre Michael Lang in support, and he passed to evergreen stand-off Neil Barrett who crossed and added the extras.
Woolston levelled the scores when half back Daniel O’Brien wriggled over after the visitors had enjoyed a period of pressure and O’Brien converted his own try.
The second period mirrored the first as Rangers made numerous errors, but on 57 minutes Boothroyd noticed the defensive markers out of position and the powerful hooker drove at the defensive line and burst through for the decisive game breaker.
Barrett converted the try, but to their credit Woolston did not buckle under the pressure of wave after wave of Underbank attacks.
Rangers clinched the game on 78 minutes as Barrett snapped over a drop goal and Rangers proceeded to score the try of the game in the final minute.
Wily replacement Sam Rochford drew the defence and gave a short pass to Lang who sped through, threw an outrageous dummy to his winger Courtney Allette to deceive the Woolston full back and touched down.
Barrett converted to complete the scoring and clinch Underbank’s fourth win.
Stand off half Barrett took the Bengal Spice MOM award for a commanding kicking game and a contribution of 11 points.
Rangers team: Eidson; Noel, Chatterton, Lang, Allette; Barrett, Usher; Valentine, Boothroyd, Williams, Pawson, Rochford, Murphy. Subs: Pogson, Joyce, Sutcliffe, St Hilare.