Underbank Rangers rounded off their home National Conference League Division III campaign with a 74-12 thrashing of Wigan St Cuthberts.
And, even more significantly, it means Rangers remain second in the table and on course for promotion.
Underbank got off to a flying start with a try in the second minute when Andy Boothroyd broke through Wigan’s defence, drew the full-back and fed James Usher to raced through the gap to score. Man-of-the-match Usher then converted his own try.
Not long after, Rangers were unlucky to have a try disallowed as the pass leading up to it was ruled forward by the referee, and St Cuthberts struck back to levels the scores.
But Underbank’s response couldn’t have been any better, with Craig Williams receiving a short pass to crash over.
Usher then crossed for his second try before their Wigan visitors grabbed their second score to keep the contest alive.
Fortunately, Rangers were not finished in the first half and the alert Nathan Chappell, making his first appearance for Rangers this season, collected the ball from a kick-through by Kris Harrop to touch down.
And on the stroke of half-time, Corey Noel scored an almost identical try to Chappell’s to give his side a 28-12 interval advantage.
Wigan didn’t stand a chance in the second half as Rangers ran riot with try after try.
Matt Adam scored a hat trick and there were also tries for Courtney Allette, Will Midgley and Dan Farrand. Chappell scored his second and Stephen Berry went over for his first try of the season to round off a top performance.
And coach Richard Knight was understandably pleased with his side’s performance.
“We haven’t played well in the last couple of games, but every player out there deserved the man-of-the-match award, it was a much-improved effort,” said Knight.
“The scoreline didn’t really reflect the game, it was tough out there and if a couple of decisions had gone Wigan’s way, it might have been different. But that doesn’t take away from our performance.
“We have a crucial game on the final day of the season in two weeks’ time against Kells which we have to win if we want to get promoted. This game was encouraging and we look forward to the tough test up in Cumbria.”