Rovers made to share points with last gasp try
Sharlston Rovers A .. 12
Thornhill Trojans .. 12
Pennine Division 3
Rovers were cruelly denied a deserved victory by a last play converted try from the former conference side Thornhill Trojans in this hard fought division three encounter.
Rovers approached their first game for 6 weeks match full of confidence after some good preparation through the holiday period and took the game to the visitors from the off with an excellent display on both attack and defence.
Rovers were keen to make amends for an early season loss at Thornhill and showed their determination with some terrific hits from the home pack putting the visitors on the back foot, Palmer, Gallagher and Pajor leading the way and they were well supported by Whitehouse and Reville.
Rovers put early pressure on the visitorís line and forced an error following good work from the defence. From the resulting scrum a well worked move saw P Hill send brother Chris over for the opening score in the 8th minute.
The Trojans couldnít contain the enthusiastic Rovers youngsters and the home side were making telling breaks at will with only desperate defence from the visitors keeping out the home side.
Whitehouse and Pajor went close to scoring following good breaks from Shaw and Hampshire and Simpson looked dangerous when returning the ball from deep. The Trojans were becoming frustrated at not coping with the Rovers enthusiasm and suffered 2 sin binnings as a result during the half, Rovers were unable to capitalise on the extra man advantage and approached the interval with a slender 4 point advantage.
On 39 minutes Dodson finally broke clear to score a deserved try converted by C Hill and the Rovers were in command with a 10 point half time lead.
The restart saw no respite for Thornhill as the Rovers switched from excellent play with the ball in hand to rugged no nonsense defence to keep the visiting side at bay, Palmer, Booth and Hirst leading the way and Gallagher, Golec and Hill marshalling the side on attack.
The Trojans threw everything at the home side in a desperate attempt to get back into the game and were rewarded with a converted score after 55 minutes after Rovers had been pinned in their own quarter for long periods. Rovers kept their composure and an excellent completion rate from the home side enabled them to keep the visitors pinned in their own quarter while the home side waited for the mistakes to come.
Golec was held up over the line and Reville also crossed the whitewash but his effort was ruled out for an alleged infringement in the build up. After refusing 2 previous attempts at a penalty goal Rovers extended the lead with a C Hill goal with 7 minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish.
The Trojans were desperate to salvage something from the match at the final 5 minutes saw them play at a frantic pace with Rovers harshly adjudged to have knocked on in their opponents half and then penalised twice in quick succession to give the visitors the opening they required and they duly completed the script with the Trojans stand off crashing over in the last seconds of the match for a self converted score to level the game.
Although denied victory Rovers will be pleased with their efforts and will look to push on from this with a good second half to their season.
There were some excellent efforts throughout the afternoon from all on show with Whitehouse, Gallagher, Booth and Dodson shining and Chris Hill taking the David Palmers Travel sponsored man of the match award for another composed performance.
Next game should be another tough league encounter at home to old rivals Bradford based Odsal Sedbergh.
Players meet at 12-305am at the clubhouse for a 2-00pm kick off.