Rovers a' bag back to back victories
Sharlston Rovers A .. 36
Brighouse Rangers .. 14
Pennine League Divison 1
Rover’s blitzed their division one rivals Brighouse with an emphatic 7 try display to register their 2nd win on the bounce. Following on from the previous weeks good effort the Rovers started full of confidence and were on the score-sheet in the 4th minute when Taylor latched onto Hill’s neat ball to crash over, Hill tagging on the extra’s.
Rangers worked hard to get back in the match and it took a good cover tackle from Taylor to halt the visitors near to the line. Both sides then settled down for a 10 minute spell with some good defence on show before Rovers again showed their attacking skills to go close through Golec. A well worked scrum move on 21 minutes saw Shaw crashing over out wide for a well deserved try.
On defence Rovers were well led by Whitehouse Golec and Bingham and the Brighouse side had very little joy from their attempts at breaking the Rovers line.
An excellent completion rate meant Rovers were putting some intense pressure on the visitors and forced an error from strong defence on 24 minutes, from the resulting scrum Wandless showed his style and pace to notch his 1st of the afternoon, extras from Hill. More enterprising play saw Garfitt and Lingard go close before an excellent move involving Hill and Gallagher saw Shaw again scoring out wide on the half hour mark.
Rovers eased off for a spell allowing the visitors too much possession close to their line and the gap was reduced when Rangers scored a converted effort on 38 minutes to give them a sniff at the half time break.
At the start of the 2nd half Brighouse were struggling to keep within site of the rampant Rovers outfit and their defence was stretched on more than one occasion but just managed to repel the Rovers attacks.
Wandless and Hill were calling the shots and Bailey and Bingham were leading the forwards by example with some excellent strong runs at the struggling Brighouse defensive line.
Rover’s clever kicking game kept the visitors pinned back in their own half and it was from a good kick that Rovers regained possession leading to a try on 55 minutes for Hunter after some good play from Wandless, Hill tagging on the conversion.
Wandless was next on the score sheet after a good break and offload by Palmer saw Bingham crash through the defence with a well-timed ball leading to a converted try on the hour mark.
Rovers were now on fire and had a try disallowed for an alleged infringement before Wandless completed his hat-trick score after a superb run and pass from Shaw on 65 minutes.
Golec crashed over but his score was harshly ruled out as Rovers looked to end the game in style.
Brighouse had other ideas and were rewarded for their never say die attitude with a score on 75 minutes following a rare mistake from the Rovers side and the visitors wrapped up the scoring in the last minute when scoring out wide although the winger looked to be nearer the changing rooms than the touch line when he raced in for a try.
Rovers showed their full bag of tricks today and were well deserved winners after an all-round excellent team effort.
Best for the Rovers side were Bingham, Whitehouse Shaw and Wandless with Chris Hill taking the Arkaan’s Indian Restaurant sponsored man of the match. Chris will receive a complimentary meal for two at the renowned Indian restaurant off Doncaster Road (A638) outside Crofton.
Rovers have only home games left now and therefore will have no game next week as the 1st team will be taking priority for their National cup tie v Methley Royals.