Rovers work hard for Kippax victory
Sharlston Rovers .. 28
Kippax Welfare .. 14
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston continue to move in the right direction if they are to retain the Pennine Premier crown with a hard fought victory over newly promoted Kippax Welfare.
Rovers bossed the opening exchanges of the home tie with early pressure and opened up scoring only 4 minutes in when Lee Maskill punished sleepy markers from acting half, Tommy Malyan was unsuccessful with the opening kick.
With Rovers firmly on top Emblem nearly doubled there score when the prop raced from within is own 20 meters almost beating the wingmen for speed but was bundled into touch by the cover defence only 10 meters short.
Kippax soon tipped the scales in there favour and took a surprise lead when several dummy runners from a penalty tap 10 meters out bamboozled the Rovers defence as Adam Withington finished off the set piece in the corner, Andy Walker slotting over the goal from the touchline to take the lead.
Only minutes later Rovers predicament worsened as Kippax went in again, this time the defensive line leaving a whole near the markers for Prop Nathan Owen to go over and extend the lead for his side.
Trailing by 6 Rovers soon pulled back level when Brian Sutton went over for his debut try acting quickly from dummy half and over powering several defenders on his way to the line, Malyan added the first of his 4 conversion of the afternoon.
The pivotal moment of the game came 10 minutes before the interval as the Rovers forwards began to dominate with Sean Emblem, Keith Brook and Chris Bingham making mammoth yardage. From that possession Sharlston started to use their elusive backs to more of an effect, Gareth Davies tying up 4 defenders before getting out the killer ball to Steve Hall who put Malyan over in the corner to put Rovers ahead with a self converted try.
It was the right hand side that once again combined for the next try on the stroke of half time as slick handling opened up the defence this time Malyan supplying Davies for the try, Malyan converting to take a 22-10 lead into the break.
Unfortunately for the hosts the second period form didn’t follow on from where it left off and where made to defend several attempts of a come back from Kippax. With the ferocious defence of Brook, Booth, Bingham and Saville Rovers managed to weather the storm.
With Kippax fading in the heat Rovers turned back to offence with Davies latching onto a tidy dab through from Saville to score his second of the afternoon, Malayan duly adding the extras.
With 20 minutes of the game remaining the dismissal of Lee Maskill for a late tackle truly diminished the chances for Rovers to rack up any points as Rovers locked down in defence to protect their lead, holding until deep into injury time when Kippax closed the game with a score out wide.
Best for Rovers were Keith Brook, Steve Hall and Chris Bingham with Sean Emblem shining as the KENMAR Camping & Leisure Man of the Match.
Sharlston will use the weekend freed by a bye in the Yorkshire cup to hopefully progress into the final of the Wakefield ARL Brian McDermott City Plasterers cup final as they host Pennine premier rivals Crigglestone All Blacks with the cup tie kicking off at 2.00pm.
Rovers A’ team will be looking to dust themselves down following the hefty 46-0 defeat to Lindley last weekend with the aim of retaining the Wakefield ARL Physiowise cup with a tough away visit to Westgate Wolves A’ again kicking off at 2pm.
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