UNDERBANK Rangers produced a stunning last 12 minutes as 12 men earned a 20-14 win at Kippax Knights.

The Huddersfield side made up ground on the team above them in the RL Conference National table after a stunning fightback.

The home side led 14-4 going into the closing stages, but loose forward Lee St Hilaire inspired Underbank to take the points, leaving the Knights with just a bonus point for their efforts.

Kippax got off to a great start, winger Chris Hall crossing out wide after receiving a fine pass from full back Andy Tillett.

Rangers responded when good hands close to the line saw debutant Nathan Chappell find a gap to ghost through to level. Approaching the half hour, the home side were in front again, winger Steve Gill’s one-on-one ball steal seeing him shoot clear and away, Gavin Adkin added the goal.

That blow was made worse for Rangers when Chappell was dismissed for alleged foul play, but the visitors refused to buckle.

On 51 minutes, Gill knocked on with line beckoning after a fine Adkin break.

However, that error did not seem costly when on the hour mark centre Chris Knowles was set free by a superb pass from Chris Redfearn and he scampered to the corner to make it 14-4 to Kippax and it was seemingly game over.

However, Underbank were galvanised into a big effort, led by St Hilaire, and their belief and tenacity shocked the hosts as the fightback began.

St Hilaire first went over in the 68th minute, Nathan Williams adding the goal to bring them to within a try as the hosts went into their shells.

Completing their sets and maintaining position in Kippax territory, the constant Huddersfield pressure paid off when St Hilaire again spotted a gap in the home defence and he powered over in the 74th minute.

Williams’ second goal put Rangers ahead for the first time.

Three minutes later victory was effectively secured when second rower Sam Housley was put through a hole and he romped over.

Williams missed the conversion attempt to set up a nervy finish, but the 12 men stood firm to record a highly impressive win in the face of adversity.

RANGERS: N Williams; Allette, Chappell, Chatterton, Aka; Barrett, Antony; Smith, Carroll, Vinaka, Housley, C Williams, St Hilaire. Interchange (all used): Berry, Falkingham, Smith, Sharrock.

Rangers’ home game on Saturday against Hemel Stags will start at 2.00, half an hour early to accomodate an under 16s game between the two clubs.