UNDERBANK RANGERS will be
hoping to mark their first National Conference League First Division home fixture in spectacular style tomorrow.
Head coach Richard Knight’s men host Normanton Knights in what will be a historic encounter at The Cross (2.30) – and Knight is confident his players will rise to the occasion.
With both sides having won one of their opening four 2016 First Division fixtures, Rangers will be hoping home advantage can make all the difference in the world.
And despite coming into the
contest on the back of a disappointing 22-14 defeat at Myton Warriors the last time out, the Bank boss is feeling good ahead of the weekend – particularly with prop Craig Williams, hooker Andy Boothroyd and loose-forward Danny Bravo ready to boost the home side’s ranks.
“After six games on the road (League and Challenge Cup) it’s great to be home!” said Knight, who also revealed in-form stand-off Blake Hewitt has
returned home to Australian because of a close family illness.
“And there’s no reason why we can’t open our home campaign with a win.
“Although it was disappointing to lose at Myton last weekend, we did take a lot of encouragement from the game.
“Injuries and unavailabilities meant we had to send a makeshift side over to Hull, but we were still competitive throughout the contest, which is a credit to those who played.
“With a stronger-looking side ready to play this weekend, I do feel positive about the fixture.
“It’s disappointing to lose Blake –
although we were 100% behind him in his
decision to return home – but with Andy, Craig and Danny coming in we feel good about tomorrow.
“They are quality players with bags of experience and are just te type of
players we need to win these sorts of games.
“If we can build on what we did at Myton and produce the sort of form that brought us the win at Millom the other week, then we know we’ll get our home campaign off to a winning start.”
The confident Knight is also hoping there’s a bumper Cross crowd to watch the action, with admission reduced to £2.50 for adults, £1.50 concessions and Under 16s free.
“This is our first game at home at this level, so this in itself makes the day a bit special,” he added.
“Hopefully, this will also be reflected in the number of people who come to watch us, particularly as we’ve reduced the admission prices.
“On top of that, supporters can watch the Grand National in the club straight after the game, and we’ll then be
holding a race night after that.
“It’ll be good to be around for that
after we’ve won!”