Rovers reply with replay victory
Westgate Wolves .. 6 (0)
Sharlston Rovers .. 32 (12)
Pennine Presidents Cup Round 2
Sharlston Rovers made no mistake second time round in the replay of the Pennine presidents cup which on the first time of playing ended in controversy after the referee had incorrectly tallied the scores in Westgate’s favour before quickly realising the scores were actually tied.
With the original home advantage swapped to opponents Westgate, Sharlston bounced back from a disappointing first defeat of the season to Leigh East last weekend and enjoyed the return of Keith Brook.
The strong running second rower covering in the centre after Gareth Davies moved to stand off raced from half way with his first touch of the game backing up Dale Ferris’ initial break, Tommy Malyan added the goal from under the sticks.
Sharlston without Craig Miles, Chris Bingham, Jonathan Waddle and Lee Maskill enjoyed the return of Carl Saville who in the foreign position of loose forward ran the Westgate defence ragged. The hosts too were without key players like Wayne Hirst, Jermaine Jones and Kevin Dickens but this didn’t stop their go forward as Stuart Moran and Adam Gant asked plenty of questions of the Rovers defence.
Westgate managed to keep Rovers at bay until the half hour when Carl Saville jinked over from acting half. Malyan once again goaled successfully to take a 12 point lead into the interval.
Ten minutes into the restart Rovers used the ball well to extend their lead as Chris Hill finished off a flowing move in the corner. Westgate put up some resilience but couldn’t find the same form that had earnt them a draw at Rovers home ground previously.
The scores remained unchanged until last 15 minutes when Rovers fitness propelled them into the driving seat, Rovers man of the match Sean Emblem bullocked over the line with several defenders in tow and Malyan put Rovers 22-0 ahead with the conversion.
Although the result was all but in the bag the hosts never gave up and were rewarded with probably the try of the game when Moran combined with Gant before unleashing Ashley Anderson in move that came from in Gate’s own half, Moran goaled gates only try.
In the closing 10 minutes of the match Rovers wrapped up the route to the Quarter finals where they will travel to Huddersfield St Joesphs, with a late try from Davies and Hill completing his brace, one of which Malyan goaled.
Best for Rovers were hooker Dean Gamble who is fast becoming one of Rovers most consistent players and Carl Saville who was much missed last weekend but Sean Emblem was everyone’s vote for the man of the match accolade with strong barnstorming runs and no nonsense defending.
Sharlston with players to come back into the side will be keen to take the confidence from this comfortable victory into this weekends BARLA National cup game where they travel to NCL Premier side Oulton Raiders. Kick off 1.30pm.