UNDERBANK Rangers got back to winning ways on Saturday with a convincing 28-0 victory over Coventry Bears in National Conferce III.
Rangers were determined to bounce back after their disappointing loss to Wath Brow Hornets in the Conference Cup and managed to do that and leave their rivals pointless.
However, coach Richard Knight had mixed feelings and said: “Obviously I’m glad to get the two points and get the job done and I thought our defence was awesome.
“However, we really need to finish off chances and not make some of the errors we did. If we are to have a chance against Blackbrook next week, we really need to be getting over the tryline more.”
There was little between the sides in the opening quarter until Rangers secured the opening try of the game.
Andy Boothroyd broke the line, drawing the Coventry full-back before passing the ball out to Sam Blayden who found the gap and raced 20 metres to score the try – Kris Harrop converted.
It did not take Underbank too long to score their next try as Richard Aka picked up a loose pass from the Bears and outran the cover over 50 metres to cross the try line.
Coventry were unlucky to have a try disallowed for a player being offside chasing a kick and they came close again when they broke Rangers’ line, but the kick ahead went dead.
Underbank replied to the pressure by going over for another try just before half time, when Boothroyd managed to release the ball in a tackle to Craig Williams who reached over to score to make the score 18-0 at half-time.
Coventry had another chance early in the second half after receiving a penalty on the back of a 40-20 kick, but they knocked on.
Once again Rangers replied to the early pressure with another try.
Coventry’s winger knocked on from a kick on the last tackle and Alex Chatterton was able to pick up the ball and pass it out to winger Courtney Allette who touched down.
Sam Crowther scored Underbank’s last try of the game.
The ball went through a series of hands to Crowther who crashed over in a two-man tackle.
The remainder of the game saw Coventry fight hard in attack but they were unable to execute as Underbank’s defence was excellent.
Neither side were able to cross the line again in the final 30 minutes.
Underbank travel to unbeaten Blackbrook on Saturday in a tasty top four encounter.
Underbank Rangers: Hendrick, Allette, Chatterton, Lang, Aka, Midgley, Berry, Blayden, Boothroyd, J Williams, C Williams, Adam, Harrop. Subs: Usher, Joyce, St Hilaire, Crowther.