THE STORY of Underbank Rangers’ unpredictable form in the Conference National has taken another twist.
In a game where they conceded three tries in just nine minutes, the vistors were outclassed in a 34-10 defeat at Warrington Wizards.
Five days ago, in contrasting fortunes, player-coach Aaron Perrin saw his side win away at Hemel.
But despite the latest result, the Australian, whose team were undefeated in June and July but then failed to win in August, said he isn’t too concerned about a lack of consistency.
“Our results have been up and down but this (Warrington) is a hard place to come over to,” said Perrin.
“They beat Bramley, the league leaders, here at the weekend, which shows how much of a good side they are.
“Our focus is the play-offs now – that is what we are playing and getting ready for.”
In their defeat at Warrington, it was Underbank who started the game in the most positive fashion.
And, based on their encouraging opening, few of the 26 collective outfield players would, at the time, have expected an ensuing Rangers’ defensive collapse.
However, after nine minutes, Luke Worsley managed to sneak under the posts and touch down, evoking the first hint that the visitors’ back-line could crumble.
Barely a minute later, Scott Davidson found space out wide and edged his way around Max Berry and Chris Jackson to score Warrington’s second try.
Shortly afterwards, Liam McCarthy touched down to extend the home side’s lead even further and make the half-time score 16-0.
After a long period managing to contain their opponents’ attack, Underbank once again conceded two tries in quick succession.
After 56 and 57 minutes, Paul Wilson and Mark Roughneen respectively, both crossed over the line to score.
Of the two, Roughneen’s try was particularly impressive, as he ran over 90m to touch down and successfully dodge on-coming challenges.
Then, with the exception of the game’s opening five minutes, after a period of rare constant attacking by Rangers, Dave Birchall and John Birt grabbed a try apiece.
But Billy Sheen made certain the Wizards took maximum points in stoppage time by crossing the line.