Ref score confusion ends cup game premature
Sharlston Rovers .. 20 (16)
Westgate Wolves .. 20 (14)
Pennine Presidents Cup – Second Round
The weekends Pennine Presidents cup tie between holders Sharlston Rovers and Wakefield rivals Westgate Wolves ended prematurely leaving the bumper crowd confused on the out come.
Rovers held a 20-14 lead from just after half time but encroaching into injury time Westgate hit back with a last minute converted score to level matters and take the game into extra time. The referee however had noted the scores down incorrectly and signalled full time telling the Westgate players they had won the game.
While the Westgate players and officials knew full well the scores were tied they burst into jubilant celebration while the Sharlston players and officials questioned the decision. The referee retired to his dressing room for closer inspection of the result where he found his mistake, a missing a first half conversion for Rovers.
The Halifax official then decided even with most of the players still on the field waiting for an outcome, that despite the rectified error extra time would not be played and he would refer the decision the Pennine management.
At the Monday evenings management meeting the league officials decided that the fairest verdict would be to replay the entire game with the home advantage switching to Westgate on a date yet to be decided.
The extra game will leave the Weeland road side kicking themselves adding to an ever increasing backlog of fixtures knowing that they let slip the result with lapses of concentration before the end of both halves.
Westgate opened the scoring via the boot of winger Matty Wood after being awarded a penalty for a high shot but that was to be Wolves only score until 5 minutes before the interval despite strong running from Kevin Dickens and Wayne Hirst.
Ben Grundy retaliated for Rovers soon after latching onto a Maskill neat dab through into the corner. Lee Maskill then added his mark on the game with a try made from nothing, stepping back inside several defenders to go under the sticks to make it easy for Tommy Malyan to add the goal.
Rovers had now dropped into a steady pace and looked to have taken a hold on the game after losing most of their early possession. On the half hour mark powerhouse prop forward Chris Bingham added to Rovers tally with a scattering run that saw him take several defenders over the line with him, Malyan again goaled to boost Rovers buffer to 16.
With only 4 minutes until the half time interval Rovers had momentary lapse of concentration and let Westgate back into the game with the introduction of Adam Gant from the bench for 2 quickfire tries down the line, Matty Wood converted both scores from the touchside to leave his side only trailing by 2 points.
From the restart Rovers looked to repair the damage done and not long into the second half Gareth Davies showed his strength with ball in hand to split the markers and go in for a steadying unconverted try.
The wet and muddy conditions meant that with ample chances both sides couldn’t many sets with the ball going to ground often. Westgate made Rovers tackle hard to hold the small lead but it looked as though it would be enough to take them into the next round.
On the last play of the game Rovers knocked on and already passed the elapsed 80 minutes Westgate had no option to kick through from the base of the scrum. The dropped Rovers winger had plenty of time and whilst dropping on the ball it came loose for Matty Bramald to bounce on the mistake and bring the visitors within 2 points, Wood added the easy goal to set up extra time but the referee blowed time.
Sharlston now face another tough task as they travel to top of the table Siddal A in league action. A supporters coach is leaving the Sharlston Rugby Club at 11.30am for the 2pm kick off.