Ovenden shown the door by gutsy Rovers
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ 36
Pennine Division Three
Rovers under strength injury hit side pulled off an excellent victory against all the odds with another superb team performance this time against Halifax based Ovendon A. Rovers started well for a change and were soon off the mark when strong running from Hopton enabled Byrom to crash over for the opening score, Hill tagging on the extras. Rovers were strong on defence with Pajor and Lawson leading the way and the home side were limited to few chances in the opening quarter.
Good approach work from Smith and Simpson saw Shaw go close before powerhouse prop Pajor charged over from a well worked set piece move. Hill tagged on the extras again, and was unlucky not to score moments later when only a desperate last ditch effort from the full back stopped him just short.
Ovendon managed to work their way upfield and good field position led to an unconverted score after 25 minutes. Rovers withstood some pressure as the home side upped their game but big defence from Greenbank and Haigh kept the line intact. A good break from Byrom led to Hill bursting through the defence and as the home side tried to prevent him scoring, the ball worked its way to Heath who cleverly darted through for a deserved try.
Rovers started the 2nd period in the same fashion and excellent work from Gallagher and Kavanagh saw Hopton go close, then Lawson and Simpson combined well to see Hill stopped just short. Byrom scored his second try of the day when he supported Shaw’s excellent break from deep and rounded the full back to ghost under the posts. Ovendon hit back and were rewarded with a converted score when they caught the visitors napping following a kick through to reduce the arrears. Heath then notched his 2nd when one of his trademark weaving runs led to a try, Hill converting from wide out.
Ovendon then scored another try with a strong run to the line but that was to be their final effort as the visitors took control in the final quarter, first Byrom completed his hat trick score when finishing off a move involving Smith and Haigh, Hill converting, then after Kavanagh and Pajor were stopped just short Haigh ran a good line to burst over for a well deserved score.
This was an excellent team effort with some big standout performances from Hill, Pajor and Haigh, with Greenbank pushing Smith close for the P A Heating sponsored man of the match award.
Next week sees a reversal of this fixture with Rovers hoping to see a similar effort when they play hosts to Ovendon with a 2-00pm Kick –Off,
Players meet at 12-30 at the clubhouse.