Rovers left deflated after Yorkshire Cup Defeat
SHARLSTON ROVERS ..8
Queens are the top dogs of Yorkshire after this momentous HALBRO Yorkshire County Cup victory over fellow heavyweights Sharlston Rovers, who like the victors hadn’t lost a game this season.
Playing down the Featherstone slope in the second half three tries in a ten minute spell gave the Leeds based CMS Yorkshire League side a 20-8 lead after they had gone behind 8-4 to the Pennine League Wakefield based side. A brace of Jonathan Milner drop goals and a converted penalty on the last play of the game secured the spoils and Queens will now take part in the Carnegie Challenge Cup and neither amateur or semi professional sides from the National Leagues will want to be drawn against them.
A crowd of 2,000 were treated to a war of attrition in the first half after the forwards locked horns with each other to gain ascendancy. Neither side could gain the advantage and upper hand, and the only scores of the first half came from penalties. The first opportunity fell to Milner but his effort hit the post on seven minutes, and as it bounced off the post back into play Sharlston prop Danny Burton knocked on. From the resulting scrum Queens winger Tom Prim scored in the corner but the try was disallowed. Sharlston took the lead on 16 minutes when scrum half Matty Bell kicked a penalty awarded for a high tackle to make it 2-0.
Three minutes later Queens centre Steve Morton went in this time at the opposite corner but this try was also cancelled, but after Sharlston’s discipline had let them down once again Milner made no mistake levelling the game up at 2-2 on 33 minutes. From the restart Sharlston forced Queens to drop out and Bell added asecond penalty following interference at the play the ball by Chris Fletcher. In the last minute of the half Queens went over the try line for the third time of the half but the pass to captain Andrew Ali was deemed forward.
But his side were level again on 43 minutes when Milner kicked the two pointer after Sharlston weren’t square at the play the ball. From the restart Queens thought they had won another penalty with Sharlston kicking the ball out of play on the full but the linesman over-ruled the referee James Leahy forcing Queens to drop out. On the last tackle of that set hooker Carl Saville grubber kicked into the corner and centre Gareth Davies scored to make it 8-4 to Sharlston on 45 minutes. Bell was just out of luck with the conversion which struck the crossbar.
Three minutes later following yet another penalty Queens took the lead which they were never to relinquish. From a run around move, forward Robert Crump charged over under the posts for a converted try. It got even better five minutes later when Milner combined with Simon Cook to send centre Dean Townsend over to the right of the posts. Five minutes later it was 20-8 when scrum half Ryan Robinson combined with Milner whose 20 metre pass found Cook who scored a superb effort in the corner. Milner failed with his only conversion of the game and following the try Sharlston’s Lee Maskill was despatched to the sin bin for ten minutes.
Queens took complete control of the game as their forwards began to take control of the game in Maskill’s absence none more so than man of the match James Brown who was feeling good making the hard yards on every drive and making some bone crushing tackles. He also made a superb burst though the Sharlston defence but only the failure of supporting players and recovery defence prevented a further try a he was tackled twenty metres out.
Milner then dropped a goal in the 63rd minute to give his side a crucial thirteen point buffer and he doubled his drop goal tally with a second two minutes from time. The icing was on the cake in the final second of the game when Sharlston’s Craig Duda took Milner out with a high tackle after his chip over the tired defence and the stand off’s kick sailed through the posts and the celebrations began.
Queens Assistant Coach, Andy Wilson
“We targeted the Yorkshire Cup this season as our immediate goal for our young players. We’ve achieved that and we are now looking at winning the Ace Insurance (Europe) BARLA National Cup and making an impact in the Carnegie Challenge Cup.”
Sharlston Rovers Head Coach, Andy Fisher
“The best team won. Queens out – enthused us, they were better disciplined, we suffered from a heavy penalty count when we’d worked hard on not giving easy yards away and we drifted away from the game plan. But we’ll learn from this and recover.
Man of the Match, James Brown
“This is a fantastic experience better than winning the National Youth Cup with Queens. It’s great to be part of this team we’re a family really.”
Queens Assistant coach, Craig Wright
"We were determined to keep our composure and our discipline and that's exactly what we did"
"This is a very young side with an average age of around 21, we are delighted with the way they performed."
1. Chris Munden, 2. Tom Prim, 3. Dean Townsend, 4. Steve Morton, 5.Jonanthan Winter, 6. Jonathon Milner, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. MattGommersall, 9. Carl Luke, 10. James Brown, 11. Andrew Ali, 12. Craig Boot,13. Robin Wilks. Subs 14. Chris Fletcher, 15. Scott Houston, 16. SimonCook, 17. Robert Crump.
Tries: Crump, Townsend, Cook Goals: Milner 5/6. DG: Milner 2.
1. Lee Maskill, 2. Dale Potter, 3. Jonathon Waddle, 4.Gareth Davies, 5. John Czopcyzc, 6. Danny Grimshaw, 7. Matty Bell, 8.Danny Burton, 9. Carl Saville, 10. James Lockwood, 11. Steve Hall, 12.Keith Brook, 13. Craig Miles. Subs: 14. Craig Duda, 15. Lee Kelly, 16.Kevin Dickens, 17. Andy Booth.
Tries: Davies. Goals: Bell 2/3.
Referee: Jamie Leahy
Courtesy of Steve Manning BARLA Media Manager & PRO