No luck for the Irish
Sharlston Rovers .. 34 (14)
Halifax Irish .. 8 (2)
Pennine Premier League
Rovers remain hot on the heels of league toppers Drighlington after adding another 2 points to their league campaign with an eventual trouble-free home victory over Halifax Irish.
Like most games of late Rovers let the visitors onto the score sheet giving away a penalty within kicking distance but that was to be the Halifax opponents only points in the first half as Rovers dominated the tackles with Bingham, Miles and Gamble proving to be impenetrable.
Rovers recuperated the lead after Davies broke out of his own half before a cover tackle stopped him short, swift action from Chris Chester gave Steve Hall space to cross blindside for Rovers opening score.
Sharlston closed an improved spell of play before the half time whistle with 2 tries in the closing 10 minutes, Dean Gamble first scooted over from acting half before Chris Chester got on the score sheet backing up a Craige Miles break from his own half, Tommy Malyan converting the latter to take a 14-2 lead into the break.
The second half resumed with Halifax once again opening the halves scoring and the luck of the Irish was truly with the visitors as a mysterious bounce wrong footed Rovers. First to react was scum half Chris Holroyd who dropped on the ball in goal for an easy score, Silcox converting to come within 6 points of the hosts.
Looking to pull clear of the Irish Rovers were unfortunate to have 2 scores wiped off but on the hour mark the referee couldn’t find anything wrong with Carl Spencer’s second attempt of a try racing down the touch after Maskill had dislodged the ball with a firm cover tackle.
In control Davies and Miles continued to break the fading Irish defence who until this point had looked solid in resistance. Davies nearly went in after stepping inside but again was felled short, a quick play gave Gamble gaps in the trailing defenders to go in for his second, Malyan added the goal.
The Yorkshire cup finalists ended the game strongly adding another 10 points to the tally with Craige Miles proving unstoppable from close quarters before hard working prop Sean Emblem had the final word for the hosts, Malyan converting one of the efforts.
Despite the comfortable triumph Rovers can still improve with periods of the game lacking cohesion between their skilful strike players. Unsung heros such as Bingham, Waddle and Emblem provided their accustomed work rate but hooker Dean Gamble took the UNISON man of the match with 2 tries but it was his defence that earnt him the accolade.
This week Rovers travel to Crigglestone All Blacks for the first of the Pennine Premier derby clashes of the season, kickoff 2pm. The All Blacks have leaped from the cellars of the table to fourth place with several recent turnaround performances so the Yorkshire cup finalists will have to be focused not to let slip the sacred league points.