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Rangers brought down to earth in league setback
12:01pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
Leigh Miners Rangers...14 York Acorn...20
LEIGH Miners Rangers were brought back to National Conference League Premier Division life with a bump as York Acorn scooped their first away win of 2013 on Saturday.
Miners booked a Conference Cup final spot last weekend, but this was their third successive league defeat and leaves them looking up at the top six.
Jake Waterworth, Jimmy Muir and Jonny Carroll’s tries proved too little as the visitors hit back through Arran Thompson, Joe Porter and Leigh Rientoul’s double.
Youngster Waterworth collected his first open-age try inside the first minute with his first touch of the ball after sprinting 25 yards, Jonny Youds goaling.
Thompson’s try eased Acorn back into the tie, before Porter gave them the lead 10 minutes before the break, Anthony Chilton converted.
However, Muir burrowed over to keep the scores level at the interval.
Veteran prop Davey Burns burst through but Porter failed to collect his offload, then Carroll went over to give Miners a four-point lead.
But with six minutes remaining Rientoul was on hand to slice through, Chilton again goaling, before Rientoul raced home a second to round off York’s victory.
Miners visit Ince Rose Bridge on Tuesday 27.
Miners’ Alliance team went down to Latchford, but the Ladies side were on hand to record a first ever derby victory over Leigh East.
Clare Thompson’s double and tries from Carla Edge, Mandy Edge, Megan Eastwood and Leanne Johnson secured a 12-point win.
Thompson opened the scoring after five minutes, before Rachel Thompson was held up short of the line only for Edge to response quickest and score from dummy half.
Emily Mullen broke from her own half on the half hour and Mandy Edge collected from the tackle to go over, Mullen converting.
Natalie Weaving added a converted try either side of the interval, but Eastwood and Thompson replied before Johnson’s pace took her over out wide.
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