Rovers into last 16 of National Cup
Sharlston Rovers .. 26
Egremont Rangers .. 10
BARLA National Cup Round 3
Sharlston Rovers booked a place in the last 16 of the BARLA National cup sponsored by ACE insurance Europe with a lockdown performance on travelling visitors Egremont Rangers.
With the visitors early departure from their Workington head quarters the early flurry of snow gave Rovers volunteers a lot to do, to ensure the game would go ahead. By kick off the pitch had cleared of snow leaving behind a lot of water and mudd which hampered both sides ability to keep possession of the ball.
The visitors were the first to register a score as winger Leon Crelling raced up the firm touchside John Paul Brocklebank converting the effort. Rovers tried to break down the NCL division 2 side but were guilty of coughing up possession in key areas of the field. Some due to handling errors but more worryingly being penalised for offences with ball in hand. One such a offence gave Jon Paul Brocklebank a successful attempt on goal when the Rovers tackled play impeded the markers in front of the posts.
Rovers clawed to regain some of the 8 point deficit but even with Rovers forwards Andy Booth and Tommy Crowther making in roads the hosts simply couldnít get over the white wash.
Several foiled attacks from Rovers eventually weaked the visitors and moments before the half time whistle full back Dorrell Olpherts jinked over the line and Tommy Malyan goaled to leave the hosts only trailing by 2 points going into the interval.
Rovers came into the second half with confidence and 5 minutes in took the lead for the first time when Craige Miles showed strength to get over the line from close quarters, Malyan again improved with the conversion.
Sharlston Rovers looked to develop their lead and just before the hour Gareth Davies came to the party struggling out of several would be defenders grasps to score outwide to take an 8 point lead.
Egremont brought the deficit back to a converted score opting to take a shot at goal instead of running a penalty deep in Rovers half of the field.
The try of the match came shortly after again from prolific center Gareth Davies who cut up the middle of the field fending off several tacklers on the way under the posts , Malyan again goaling.
In the closing minutes and with victory in the bag Davies sealed a fantastic afternoon with his hat trick to produce a score line that didnít reflect the close nature of the first half.
Rovers will travel to Hull Dockers in the last 16 stages in 3 weeks time on Saturday 12th March. Bookings for the supporters coach are being taken from the clubhouse.
This weekend Rovers will play host to Halifax Irish in league action, kick off 2.30pm.