Rovers A' glory stole by last gasp try
West Leeds 32 v 30 Sharlston Rovers ‘A’
Rovers under strength injury hit side were absolutely gutted at the end of this tough division 3 encounter when the home side stole the points with a last second converted try. Rovers have been doing it tough for the last few weeks with injuries absences and 1st team call ups and this week was no different.
The make shift visitors started well and matched the league leaders in the opening quarter with some excellent work by Hill, Kirmond and Palmer. Mistakes were ultimately to prove costly and from the first one Leeds scored after 15 minutes. Leeds extended the lead to 12 points 5 minutes later when an interception 25yards out saw the home stand off cruise over for a score and on the half hour a 3rd score from yet another Rovers error saw the under pressure visitors looking at a big defeat.
Rovers are a resilient bunch however and are at their best when up against it and they dug deep once more with Smith and Simpson working hard to create a chance for Hopton who was just held short. With Half Time fast approaching the determination and effort from the visitors was rewarded when good work from a quick play the ball saw Hick crash over near the posts and with Hill converting Rovers were given a small window of hope for the 2nd half.
A big start was needed from Rovers to the 2nd period and they got just that when Heath was stopped just short after a superb break from Byrom. Further good work by Pajor and Shaw led to Kavanagh being denied a score and Rovers were growing in confidence with every completed set.
Strong running from Joe Whitehouse and clever play from Smith saw Bailey crashing over for a try, Hill again converting to bring Rovers within 4 points of the hosts before Heath scored a try following one of his trademark weaving runs to the line via both touchlines, Hill converting to give Rovers the lead. Leeds realised Rovers despite being under strength were no pushover and lifted their own game to claw their way back in front on the hour mark with an unconverted score. More good play from Bailey and Heath gave Kirmond some room and his clever play feigning to kick before offloading led to Hill crashing over the line for a self converted score.
Bailey prevented a score when he intercepted close to his own line and made a 50 yard galloping break before being hauled down by the desperate home defence. Leeds regained the lead with a converted try after 70 minutes but if they thought Rovers were done then they were in for a shock, both Simpson and Smith made good yards allowing Bailey time to break free and he put Kirmond through a huge gap for a good score, Hill converting to give Rovers a 4 point lead with 5 minutes remaining.
Leeds threw everything at the Rovers line and were stopped short twice and held up over the line twice in a frantic last few moments. The glory was not for the visitors this time however as the home side were awarded a harsh penalty for holding down on the last play of the game with a quick tap catching Rovers out and a try was scored out wide to level the match, and just to rub salt in the wound the home sides kicker slotted over from almost at the touchline to snatch victory.
Rovers have shown in recent weeks they are a determined side and are always dangerous when their backs are against the wall and they can take much heart from performances like this one.
Best for Rovers in a superb determined and spirited team effort were Palmer, Smith Kirmond and Whitehouse with Bailey taking the Motorcity Motorists Centre sponsored man of the match award.
Next up for Rovers is a another away trip to Halifax based side Ovenden A,
Sat 31-10-09 kick off 2-00pm, players meet at 12-00 at the clubhouse