UNDERBANK Rangers continued their winning run in National Conference III with a 42-18 away victory over Peterlee Pumas.
Rangers had previously beaten the home side 132-0, but the reverse fixture was not the walk-over predicted and it left Bank disappointed with their performance and the final scoreline.
Coach Richard Knight said: “Peterlee had improved since the last time we played them, but that is no excuse.”
“We should have scored a lot more tries and we need to make some improvements if we are to continue in our push for promotion.”
Peterlee took Rangers by surprise when they broke through the visitors defence seemingly easily to score a try in the opening few minutes.
Underbank had a battle on their hands and Peterlee’s defence proved solid until the 16th minute when Joel Farrell was able to break through and score on his debut – Kris Harrop added the goal.
However, Peterlee were not disheartened and they pushed Underbank until they scored another try, once again going ahead.
Underbank then managed to level the score when Dan Farrand crashed over the line on his first touch of the ball after coming off the bench.
Just before half-time winger Courtney Allette scored another try for Underbank and the visitors were relived to go into the break in the lead.
Rangers showed a glimmer of their usual selves in the second half, scoring three quick tries.
Alex Chatterton, Matt Adam and Andy Boothroyd all scored tries in a 10 minute period, but Peterlee were determined to avoid another heavy defeat and defended well from that point.
Underbank, who also handed a denut to Austrlian import Josh Jones, were to have the final say with the last try of the game in the 68th minute scored by James Usher.
Underbank will return to The Cross next weekend when they face Hindley.
Underbank Rangers: Midgley; Allette, Chatterton, Farrell, Noel; Jones, Usher; Crowther, Berry, Horsfall, C Williams, Adam, Harrop. Subs: Boothroyd, J Williams, Farrand.