Rovers keep feet at possible bananna skin
Siddal A.. 10
Sharlston Rovers .. 32
Sharlston Rovers emerged with an important 2 league points having faced what could have been a potential banana skin. With a testing journey to third placed Siddal A, it was unsure what would face them especially with the NCL team’s game being postponed.
The opponents turned out to be one of Siddal A’s strongest teams with a small quota of conference players and made a good account of themselves but Rovers proved to be strong overall.
Rovers made the first strike of the game when Gareth Davies finely finished a great break and offload from Jonathan Waddle, Dale Ferris added the first of his 4 successful conversions.
With the confidence of a strong opening 15 minutes and astute kicking from Lee Bettison Rovers played away from their own sticks and the strong running of Keith Brook and Bart Thompsen eventually told on the host defenders as captain Craig Miles rode several high shots to score from the half way.
Siddal steadied the ship and began to show the form that had earnt them the topping league position but Rovers were keen in defence thanks to some uncompromising tackling from Brook, Emblem and Spencer.
The scales were soon to tip in the favour of Rovers as a Siddal substitute saw red in more ways than one, after hitting out at the nearest player after the descion of a challenge didn’t go his way.
For the final 10 minutes of the half Rovers used the man advantage but couldn’t land the final blow with Siddal adding the extra effort to hold out the man advantage. 2 minutes before the half time whistle the defence couldn’t stop the dancing feet of Carl Saville from acting half to take a 16 point lead into the interval.
Despite the gluepot conditions of the hosts field Sharlston managed to play some expansive rugby and Waddle once again assisted Davies in his second try with some awesome fends before unleashing Davies to do what he does best and race under the posts.
With half an hour of the game remaining the dismissal tally was evened as Damien Thomas was sent for an early shower for retaliating to a punch, Rovers kept the man advantage though with the Siddal fullback receiving a 10 minute spell for his part in the fracas.
Siddal managed cross for an unconverted try shortly after with a quick hands try in the corner but Rovers soon replied with a similar flowing mood but Sharlston’ effort coming out of their own half with Davies putting his wingman Dale Ferris with space down the touchside.
With only 10 minutes remaining Carl Saville completed his brace with 60 meter race for the line as the ball popped into his hands after a firm tackle dislodged the ball from the Siddal players carry.
Siddal closed the game with a kick through that held up in the mud just long enough to get a try scoring touch with only 2 minute remaining. Man of the match for Rovers went to Keith Brook pushed close by fellow second rower Jonathan Waddle with a tireless performance. Brook won’t be able to take the form into the upcoming derby having to sit 2 matches out due to a Pennine league sanction.
This coming weekend see’s the derby clash of Wakefield’s two Pennine premier sides with Sharlston Rovers hosting Crigglestone All Blacks, kick off 2.00pm.