Guiseley Rangers continued their pre-season friendlies by giving some of their new signings a run-out in their 26-22 victory at Leeds Akkies A.
It started very well for the visitors when Josh Roberts kicked over the oncoming defence to chase and regather to score. Akkies responded with a try and, within minutes, were in front after some lacklustre Rangers tackling.
Rangers then conceded a soft try at the start of the second half, but two minutes later Rangers’ newly-appointed vice-captain Baz Barraclough reduced the arrears to four points when he burst three tackles from ten yards out to score. Akkies then burst through some very slack defence to score again, but Dean Bowles intercepted an Akkies’ loose pass and raced 50 yards to the try line, again cutting the lead to four points. Finally, after an hour, Rangers went in front, Barraclough scoring his second try, and Ben Hague then went over from acting half from ten yards out and took tacklers with him. Akkies did not lie down and scored the final try, but Roberts’ three conversions were the difference.
It wasn’t a very good performance by Rangers, but they were able to field 21 players and everyone got a run out.
Rangers’ next match is at home to Manston from Crossgates at Nunroyd on Saturday, July 24 (2.30pm).
Meanwhile, any former players wishing to play in the Chairman’s team for the memorial match on Saturday, August 14 should contact 01943-876589 or 07946-319534.
Last Sunday, Rangers’ under-nines lost to Ovenden 36-26 with points coming from three tries and two goals to Joshua Rudd Watson, three tries and a goal to Thomas Marston, a goal to Sean Beesting and his first try for the club to George Dale.