Rangers’ fortunes on the rise under new coach Wes

SADDLEWORTH Rangers are riding the crest of a wave after winning their last four matches in National Conference League, division two to climb to eighth place.

New coach Wes Rogers, who took charge with the Shaw Hall Bank Road club bottom of the table, is pleased with the progress, but not getting carried away, despite the wins against Leigh East, West Bowling, East Leeds and Hunslet Warriors

“We are going in the right direction and have had decent results, though performances have not been as good as I would have liked, though sometimes you have to be happy with what we have done,” he explained.

Rogers was especially pleased with a 46-28 home win against East Leeds, despite being without Ethan Langhorne and Gareth Morgan who were away representing Lancashire.

“We were without two senior players, but won convincingly which was pleasing,” he continued.

“It has been tough as we have also had injuries so had to blood some of the young kids.”

Rogers took charge of a team that has lost its first five league matches, but have won five of his eight games in charge.

He puts the transformation down to the change of coach and attitude of the players who have bought into what he is trying to achieve.

He said: “There was a lot of gloom and doom of aces when I took over.

“I have changed a few things and put smiles back on faces. We have a happy culture.

“And when players are happy, they are more willing to put their bodies on the line.

“It is also a simple game – run hard, tackle hard and show a good attitude.

“We also had a fairly stable team for the last four of five games which has helped.”

Rogers added the return of hooker Ryan Maneely, a Saddleworth lad, who has been a pro at Warrington, Halifax and Rochdale, has been pivotal.

“Ryan has been absolutely outstanding and it is great that he is back home with us,” he said.

Chris Hough, however, faces a spell on the sidelines after having an operation on his hand.

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