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Sharlston Rovers A


Underbank Rangers

Tries : Chris Hill x2, Sam Whitehouse, Ashley Kavanagh x2, Andy Gallagher, Stan Smith, Richard Pajor, James Lockwood
Goals : Chris Hill 6
  • Pennine Division 3
  • Saturday 24th January 2009
  • Ref : Ken Tinsdale

Rovers unstoppable in boggy conditions

Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ .. 48
Underbank Rangers .. 8

Despite the boggy conditions Rovers were in outstanding form in this very much one sided league encounter against game but outgunned Huddersfield based Underbank Rangers, and played some real attractive rugby in a 9 try blitz.

Rovers came out with all guns blazing with Kavanagh almost scoring in the opening set. Rovers put pressure on the home side and Wandless put Hill over out wide for the first points of the day in the 3rd minute. Underbank replied with a penalty goal after 7 minutes but Rovers took the game straight back to them from the restart with Shaw unfortunate not to score following good work from Cooper.

Rovers defence was in no mood to give any easy yards and the visitors were pegged back time and again with punishing defence from Lockwood, Golec and Pajor. Whitehouse finished a well worked set play to score under the posts with Hill adding the extras after 12 minutes, then 2 minutes later Kavanagh notched his 1st score out wide after a stunning break and offload by Lockwood, Hill again converting.

Rangers stemmed the tide for 10 minutes with some desperate defending but the one way traffic was always going to result in chances for the home side and Smith’s good work was finished off by Gallagher who scored an excellent try. Kavanagh notched his 2nd score just before the interval when he showed his pace and agility to create and score a try converted by Hill to give Rovers a half time lead of 28 v 2.

Rovers continued the onslaught at the start of the second period with Simpson and Lockwood stopped just short before Smith scored a good try converted by Hill 5 minutes after the break. A rare lapse from the home side saw the visitors cross the whitewash on 50 minutes to reduce the arrears but Rovers just increased the tempo and Gallagher’s excellent kick saw Hill cross for a self converted score. More pressure from Rovers saw Kelly and Barlow go close before Pajor crashed over after a typical bullocking run from 10 yards out, again Hill tagging on the extras. The scoring was completed when influential stand off half Lockwood mesmerised the visiting defence and ghosted through a gap for a well deserved score.

Best for Rovers in an excellent team display in poor conditions were Smith, Shaw and Golec with Kavanagh taking the Sharlston Fisheries sponsored man of the match award.

Next week’s game is at Home v Brighouse Rangers in what should be a tight encounter against promotion rivals where Rovers will be looking to avenge an early season loss.