Underbank Rangers claimed two away points in a tough National Conference II clash beating Castleford Panthers 32-12.
Rangers struggled to put away their dogged opponents until three tries in the final 15 minutes sealed a vital win that moves Underbank up to third in the table.
Rangers were never at their best after the exertions at Leigh Miners in the Trophy and Underbank will enjoy the next two weeks off as they rest in preparation for the trip to Oldham St Annes on May 30.
Co-captains Michael Murphy and Kris Harrop returned to the 17 in place of the unavailable Courtney Allette and Remone Notman.
Also 17-year-old Will England took his place on the right wing in only his second start for the senior side.
Underbank dominated the field position and possession in the first half, but their opponents were far more aggressive on both sides of the ball.
Each side scored two converted tries in the first period, but the Panthers only mounted two attacks and scored from both.
Underbank had all the pressure but made poor decisions or took poor options and the teams went to half-time locked at 12-12.
Rangers started the game with real purpose and drive, and it was no surprise when Alex Chatterton stepped his way through the opposition to grab the game’s opening try after full-back Chris Druett had released the Rangers centre – Joel Croker added the extras.
However, Rangers did not step on from this point and it was their opponents, who were next on the scoreboard in the 20th and 30th minutes with two converted scores.
Underbank really needed someone to break open the Panthers defence and get something going for them, and centre Kurt Selmes was the man who punched a hole in the Panthers defence on 38 minutes, carried the ball for a further 30 metres before handing onto Murphy, who fed Luke Pogson to race over for the try of the match – Croker converted for the 12-12 half time score.
Rangers received a verbal bashing from coach Richard Knight at half-time and this seemed to do the trick as Underbank looked the only team capable of winning the ball game.
However, Rangers had to wait until the 52nd minute to regain the lead as Luke Nelmes and Selmes combined down the left edge for wing Johnathan Tinker to score.
An arm wrestle for superiority ensued with both sides looking to bash the other into submission.
Underbank won that particular issue and consequently the game with three well taken tries to complete the win.
Firstly Chatterton grabbed his second on the day following some fancy footwork to beat his opposite number.
Then Tinker completed a brace of tries after Stephen Berry found the winger open with a lovely long pass, and finally powerful prop forward Nelmes romped over from a quickly take tap penalty.
Croker added a further two conversions to complete the scoring.
Bengal Spice man-of-the-match was Dave Valentine for a tireless stint in the front row, and he was ably supported by fellow front rowers Berry, Luke Karolczuk and Nelmes.
Underbank Rangers: Chris Druett; Will England, Alex Chatterton, Kurt Selmes, Johnathan Tinker; Joel Croker, Luke Pogson; Dave Valentine, Stephen Berry, Luke Karolczuk, Mitch Turner, Liam Donlon, Kris Harrop. Interchange: Will Midgley, Dan Farrand, Michael Murphy, Luke Nelmes (T).