Terriers put in the doghouse
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ ... 32
Boothtown Terriers ... 14
Pennine Division 3
Rovers ground out a deserved victory in atrocious conditions against a game Halifax based outfit. The torrential downpour at the start of the match meant the game was always going to be a case of whoever adapted to the conditions best would probably take the game and Rovers got off to a steady start completing the first 6 sets without any errors.
Boothtown took the lead against the run of play when intercepting a stray pass from Rovers but the home side were looking good at this stage. Good work from Bailey and Pajor put the visitors on the back foot and a well worked scrum move saw Smith crash over for his first score of the afternoon.
Rovers kept up the pressure with Shaw and Richardson combining well to create a chance for Kelly but a desperate last ditch tackle denied him a try. Rovers took the lead when Smith notched his 2nd following good work by Childs with Hill converting the score, then a stunning break from Shaw and a clever offload saw Smith claim his hat trick try. Simpson went close to scoring as did Whitehouse before Boothtown narrowed the gap to 4 points with a score just before the interval just as the heavy rain increased to a downpour.
Rovers came out for the 2nd period in determined fashion and excellent work from Byrom and Gallagher put Rovers in a good field position. Hill and Childs were now running the show and good work by Palmer enabled Hill to burst through a gap for a deserved self converted score.
Good work from Shaw and Gallagher forced an error from the visitors with further good work from
Bailey and Smith seeing Kavanagh just stopped short with Lawson also unlucky not to have scored following Hill’s initial break and offload.
Smith notched his 4th score of the afternoon with a good solo try using the slippery conditions to his advantage and Hill tagged on the extras to give Rovers a commanding lead.
Byrom got in on the scoring act when he supported Gallagher’s good break with Hill again converting. Boothtown showed their character to score a consolation try from a clever kick through but in reality the result was never in doubt with Rovers good value for this victory.
Despite the conditions there was some excellent rugby played by Rovers and the team showed they were worthy winners with some very good passages of play throughout the afternoon.
Best for Rovers in a strong display were Shaw Smith and Hill with Bailey taking the Motor City Motorists Centre sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is another tough encounter Away v Bradford based Undercliffe Wildboars Sat 21-11-09 kick off 2-00.
Players meet at 11-45 at the clubhouse.