Moorthorpe Rangers sides make finals of charity tournament

Moorthorpe Rangers came second in the senior contest.
Moorthorpe Rangers came second in the senior contest.
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Moorthorpe Rangers reached both the junior and senior finals of a charity tournament raising money for Beth’s Angels and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance last weekend.

The Police and Community Charity Match, in which the teams played one half of football and one half of rugby, took place at Minsthorpe Community College Sports and Fitness Centre in South Elmsall on Saturday,

Each side played one another over two seven-minute halves, with each goal and try worth one point, raising much-needed funds for both charities in a great day of sport.

Fresh from two pre-season tournament wins, Moorthorpe’s under 10s were hoping to make it three on the bounce and continue their dominant pre-season form.

The youngsters were up against it as they took on a number of teams older and stronger than them in the tournament, but still made their way to the final where they lost narrowly to Knottingley U18s.

After securing an impressive 0-0 in the football half against Knottingley, Rangers finally ran out of steam as the older side pulled away to take the rugby half 3-0 and secure the tournament win.

The Rangers senior side, made up of dads and brothers, did not lose a single half as they made their way to the final, though they were taken all the way to a penalty shootout by the NTP Police side, who had assisted in arranging the contest.

Having made it through spot-kicks, the Older Rangers contested the final with the Beth’s Angels team, who proved a class above as they took a deserved 5-1 win.

The star men for the Older Rangers were Phil Land and Andy Burden, who led the way with the majority of Rangers goals and tries.

The biggest winners were the two charities however, as a big crowd turned out to support the event.

As well as the sport, a raffle was held, and there were refreshments available with a bouncy castle for the children.

Beth’s Angels was set up this year to support the victims of the M62 coach crash in April, in which Bethany Jones was killed.

They have so far held numerous sports matches, concerts and other fundraising activities, with a portion of the money raised going towards the Air Ambulance.

This Saturday, Beth’s Angels will be holding a tag rugby contest at Upton ARLFC, with men and women of all ages invited to take part.

Admission is £5 per player, with games starting at 1.30pm.