Rovers were one step beyond Kippax throughout
Kippax Welfare .. 8
Sharlston Rovers .. 44
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers managed to take a step closer to the league championship campaign. With only 7 league matched played so far this season Rovers needed not to loose a weekend to the conditions with only 12 remaining weekends Sharlston look odds on the be playing mid week fixtures come the close of the season.
With the early morning snow coverage fully thawed Rovers pulled together a top draw effort to post 44 points on the hosts Kippax. Within the opening seconds Rovers opened up their account when the opening kick off was spilt and Gareth Davies pounced on the loose ball. Rovers looked to improve the opening tally and by 10 minutes had a firm hold on the game after wingman James Byrom crossed for 2 touchline tries, one of which Matty Bell improved. Kippax kept their heads held high and pushed to reduce the arrears with a superb break from Richard Stone who raced from within his own half beating several tacklers for a full length score. Rovers soon replied through influential Lee Maskill who added 2 Matty Bell converted tries just before the interval. Influential hooker and assistant coach Lee Bettison took to the field after a 3 month spell out the game through injury and started from where he left off, directing the attack around the field.
5 minutes from the restart Dale Potter raced down touch side to fool the last defender with an extravagant dummy to cross under the sticks, Bell adding the easy goal. In a lapse in the Rovers defence Richard Stone once again raced through to add Welfares only second half points. The closing 15 minutes saw Matty Bell cross under the sticks before Lee Maskill closed the scoring and completing his hat trick and Craig Miles adding the last goal of the day.
The impressive display will stand the squad in good stead for a tough National cup fixture this coming week when they travel to Thornhill Trojans in the last 16 stages. The team will be with out man of the match Kevin Dickens sponsored by Ravensport who starts his 2 match suspension for the tricky round 3 tie.