Lapse in concentration leaks Rovers point
Boothtown Terriers .. 20
Sharlston Rovers A .. 20
Pennine Division 3
A lack of concentration at crucial times cost Rovers a point here in a game they should have won easily. Conceding a soft try in the opening minute summed up Rovers day as the hosts capitalised on sloppy defending out wide to post a converted try Rovers gradually worked their way back into the game with some good completion and a good kicking game from Gallagher and Hill. A well worked scrum move saw Gallagher stopped just short then Smith and Palmer went close before Golec crashed over for a try on 12 minutes with Hill converting to level the scores.
Rovers were now taking control of the game and the very robust and physical home side were struggling to match the Rovers youngsters for pace and fitness. Simon Reville and Pajor combined well to send Shaw on a good run then Smith scored a trademark try again converted by Hill on 27 minutes to put the Rovers well in control at this stage. Rovers then got bogged down and the home over physical approach to the game put the visitors under pressure and gave them a way back into the match.
Good defence from Rovers well led by Bailey and D Reville kept the home side at bay but the inevitable score came 1 minute before the break when they worked the blind side well to score an unconverted try. From the restart Rovers regained possession and were awarded a penalty for foul play but the resultant kick sailed just wide leaving Rovers with a slender 2 point advantage at the break.
In the 2nd period with the pitch cutting up badly this suited the home side and Rovers were in danger of getting bogged down. Whitehouse and Edwards worked hard and good work from Golec and Hill ensured the home side were pinned deep in their half for long periods. Smith again showed his vast experience to crash over for his 2nd score of the day, this time unconverted. Rovers were being gifted plenty of penalties and extended the lead on 60 and 66 minutes with 2 successful attempts to give them what should have been a match winning 10 point lead going into the final quarter.
This was not to be though as a series of unpunished fouls and strange decisions left the youngsters desperately defending their own line for long periods and 5 consecutive sets led to the inevitable score on 75 minutes. Rovers knew they had to be composed in the closing minutes but again a lapse in concentration when the game should have been wrapped up led to a score in the corner and not for the 1st time this season Rovers were denied a victory by a last second score.
In a mixed team effort the best from the Rovers were Hill, Smith and Gallagher with Golec taking the Alarm and Security Services sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is another tough away encounter against 2nd division Bank Top Harriers in the Andrew Bennett trophy 2nd round KO 2-00pm.
Players meet at 12-15pm at the clubhouse bus leaves at 12.45pm.