Sharlston up their game for Siddal win
Siddal A .. 10 (10)
Sharlston Rovers .. 24 (10)
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers made a substantial step closer to their aspirations of defending their Pennine league crown with a 24-10 victory over league challengers Siddal A. Missing several influential players like Miles, Saville and Maskill it took a performance spectators have been waiting for to seal the much needed away league points.
Despite the heavy and wet pitch conditions both sides turned over the opening sets clinically but it was Rovers who broke the rally of 5th and last kicks and were made to pay when a dropped ball lead to Siddalís opening converted try 10 minutes in.
Rovers soon hit back as Davies set off on one of his trademark breaks before being brought down 10 meters out. Quick thinking from wingman James Byrom took advantage of the markers taking them on down the blindside.
Minutes later Rovers took the upper hand as Emblem burst out of is own half before on the next play Gareth Davies rip-roared down the touchline again before cutting inside to make the goal for Tommy Malyan easier.
On the half hour mark the hosts drew level when a spilt kick gave them a scrum only 10 meters out and a well worked set play put winger Matt Dunn in acres of room to score in the corner.
From the restart Rovers player coach Chris Chester continued to kick the opposition to death turning around the Siddal full back deep in his own half. Stern defence from Bingham, Waddle, Emblem and Gamble made sure that Siddal didnít gain any yardage and never looked like scoring.
Ten minutes in and on top Rovers regained the lead through a well finished score in the corner for winger Carl Spencer from swift passing from Hall and Malyan.
Carl Sayer was sent to cool his heels for 10 minutes after an altercation at the scrum but even with a man down continued to control the game. Chris Chester who was influential showed his experience to set up and the score the next try, supplying Davies and later Byrom before pushing through in support to race from half way under the sticks. Malyan added the goal to give the visitors a 10 point buffer.
Close to full time Dean Gamble sealed an impressive debut with a well taken try dummying his way over from acting half.
The improved performance and important result was only marred by the injury of veteran Andy Booth who broke his arm late in the game. The 31 year old Prop forward who has been at the club 11 seasons was building some great form for what would have been his 5th Yorkshire cup final appearance with Rovers.
This weekend Rovers are again in league action trying to catch up Drighlington in the league standings with a home tie versus Halifax Irish kick off 2pm.