Rovers 'A' nightmare start proves costly
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ 24
Rovers came up just short in this opening fixture against a workmanlike Littleborough outfit. Starting slowly as usual the young Rovers side gifted their opponents a dream start when switching off at the kick off and further mistakes meant they had to defend for 3 consecutive sets, with the visitors scoring out wide after 4 minutes.
Rovers hit back and worked their way upfield to create a well worked move involving Hill and Whitehouse, which led to Kirmond scoring a well taken try, converted by Hill.
Rovers were now starting to look the part and with Gallagher and Golec pulling the strings, Pajor and Palmer went close.
Good field position allowed Golec the space to put Whitehouse over for a well deserved score, again converted by Hill.
Rovers were at this stage well in command but somehow managed to press the self destruct button and allow the visitors a way back into the game. Lost possession and poor decision making meant the home side just could not keep the ball for any length of time and the visitors made them pay with some strong running and quick play the ball catching the home side napping.
Boro gave warning to the Rovers when going close on 18 minutes before crashing over out wide 2 minutes later. Copycat moves in the 25th and 29th minute gave the visitors 2 further tries despite the efforts of the hard working Crowther and Golec, and they put the home side to the sword with another score 2 minutes from the interval leaving the young Rovers side shell shocked.
Rovers knew they had to stop the rot and start the 2nd period well and they did so in some style with a clever self created and converted score from Hill just 3 minutes after the break. This spurred the home side on and further good work from Kelly and Kirmond saw Hudson go close.
Clever work from Hill and excellent pace from Kavanagh saw Rovers level the scoring after 58 minutes with the visitors looking ragged at this stage of the game. Rovers could and should have finished the game off but amazingly again allowed their opponents to work their way back into the game with Littleborough taking the lead after 65 minutes with a converted score.
Rovers still had plenty of time to salvage something from this match but a combination of unforced errors and panic plays meant they just could not complete a set of 6 and could not get the field position to put the tiring and much larger visiting pack under any serious pressure.
The visitors worked hard in the final quarter and just about deserved to take the spoils with Rovers knowing that they should have wrapped this game up and could well regret the 3 lost points at the business end of the season.
Best for Rovers in a mixed display were Golec, Whitehouse and Kirmond, with Crowther taking the Alarm and Security services man of the match award.
Next game is Away v Lindley Swifts, 12-09-09 kick off 2-30.
Players meet at 12-00 at the clubhouse.