Rovers A kick start league campaign
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ .. 20
Victoria Rangers .. 8
Pennine Division Three
Rovers finally kick started their league campaign following on from last week’s good cup win with a hard fought victory over their Bradford based opponents Victoria Rangers. Both sides were determined and the defence throughout was outstanding, especially in the 1st half where chances were limited, with the visitors opening the scoring with a penalty for offside after 9 minutes.
Rovers had good field position after good work from Bailey and Pajor with Kelly stopped just short when after he combined well with Hopton. Cooper and Hill created gaps out wide with Shaw unfortunate not to get over the try line after an excellent break from Simpson.
Rovers were patient throughout the opening half and were content to build pressure on the visiting line waiting for their opportunity to come. With only 3 minutes to the interval break that pressure paid off when an excellent break by Smith led to Richardson and Hill combining well to send Kelly in for the days 1st try, converted by Hill from far out.
A dream start to the 2nd period saw an excellent kick off from Hill give Rovers a scrum deep in the Victoria half, and a well worked move saw Smith put Kelly in for his 2nd score within a minute of the restart. Big defence from Rovers forced a drop out and Reville and Hick combined well to see Lawson go close.
A kick and chase led to Shaw just denied by desperate defence from the Victoria full back who again had to concede a drop out and the intense pressure from Rovers was stretching the visiting defence at every turn. Rovers eased further ahead with a penalty goal from Hill on 55 minutes but this game was still far from over.
A couple of minutes later Rovers went close when Simpson broke and fed Kavanagh who raced towards the line but a good cover tackle saw the youngster denied.
The visitors realised they had to up their game to match Rovers intensity and for a good while the young Rovers outfit had to dig deep to keep their line intact, but with Pajor Palmer and Whitehouse in determined mood there was no way through.
On 70 minutes and after a period of pressure on the home line Simpson swooped on a stray pass and the big full back raced 90 yards with the cover in hot pursuit for an excellent score, Hill tagging on the extras and the points were just about in the bag.
Victoria showed their character to force their way over the line with 5 minutes remaining and mounted a last bid for success with some strong running but Rovers had done more than enough to secure this victory throughout the afternoon.
Best for Rovers in a strong display were Shaw Kelly, Whitehouse and Simpson, with Pajor taking the David Palmer Travel sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is another tough encounter Away v Odsal Sedbergh, Sat 03-10-09 kick off 2-30.
Players meet at 12-00 at the clubhouse