Run of away games is headache for Rangers

COACH Craig Farrimond admitted it has been a “nightmare” as Saddleworth Rangers face having a two-month wait before playing their first home game of the season.


Saddleworth First Team Squad

And by the time they get to play at Shaw Hall Bank Road, they will have had seven away fixtures in division two of the National Conference League.

Rangers lost both home games in March against East Leeds and West Bowling to the weather.

April was always going to be a challenging month with all four games away.

And the opening game of May is at Leigh East, meaning their first home game is on Saturday, May 5 against West Bowling.

“Starting the season with seven successive away games is not easy, in fact it is a nightmare,” explained Farrimond.
Rangers have managed only two games so far, losing 32-6 at Askam and 34-14 at Stanningley as they currently sit bottom of the table.

Farrimond said: “Performances in the two games were up and down and a bit indifferent.

“It was a tough game to start the season at Askam while Stanningley is an up-and-coming side, though we gave away too many penalties against them.”

Farrimond added finding places to train has been a problem with their ground unplayable.

“We have been training at Hathershaw and sharing other venues. The good news was that we got on to Churchill Playing Fields and to train on grass for the first time last week,” he said.

Farrimond added he has treated the Easter break as a “mini pre-season”.

“We trained four times last week and are due to have three sessions this week in readiness for the trip to Hunslet Warriors on Saturday April 7,” he said.

Due to postponements, the league is having to juggle the fixture list. Here is Rangers’ revised schedule for the next month.

7: Hunslet Warriors (A)
14: Drighlington (A)
21: Wigan St Judes (A)
28: East Leeds (A)
3: Leigh East (A)
5: West Bowling (H)

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