Rovers leak league point
Sharlston Rovers ... 22 (22)
New Earswick All Blacks ... 22 (6)
Pennine Premier Division
Sharlston Rovers let the opportunity to go to the summit of the Pennine league premier division for the first time in over 4 months slip when New Earswick came back from 22-6 to take a share of the spoils and keep Rovers scoreless in the second half.
Rovers missing 6 players from the previous week opened in blistering pace as quick hands put Chris Shaw stepping up from an A team call up to score in the corner.
The All Blacks took advantage of poor markers as Jack Sinclair burst through to equalise before Carl Fernandez converted to take the lead.
Rovers took command and the in the final 20 minutes of the half added 3 converted tries to go 22-6 ahead. The first from Tommy Crowther who managed to twist out of the grasps of several defender to score under the posts, Tommy Malyan added the first of his 3 conversions.
On the half hour mark a strong break from Sean Emblem out of his own 10 meters gave his side the position to score with captain Gareth Davies finishing of the move in the corner.
Without delay Rovers built on their lead when Davies again caused problems on the flanks breaking his own half before selfishly passing back to Jonathan Waddle to finish and take a commanding 22-6 lead into the break.
Despite recent scalps of Halifax Irish and Siddal All Blacks remain on the foot of the table but that wasn’t going to put them off climbing the mountain in the second half. 6 minutes in the visitors started the comeback with a controversial try after the official decided enough downward pressure was given to a smart kick through.
On the hour mark and with their heads lifted New Earswick seemed to be taking the rub of the green as Rovers coughed nearly all their possession with uncharacteristic errors.
Having too much defending to do Alan Pallister sneaked in from acting half back and Jack Stearman too took advantage of sleeping markers with both efforts converted by Fernandez to bring scores level.
With scores all square and still 15 minutes of play remaining Rovers were looking on the ropes but a break from Lee Maskill before unleashing Ben Grundy to score what looked to be the winning try was chalked off for a forward pass.
With only minutes left All Blacks nearly sneaked the win when Pallister found himself under the sticks but luckily for Rovers the drop goal sailed wide and Sharlston supporters were probably left in the mood it was a point gained than point dropped.
Best for Rovers in a game of 2 halves were three quarters Sean Emblem and Steve Hall who all played the full match but Jonathan Waddle was head and shoulders the Tommy Mullaney Snr man of the match.
This weekend Rovers get another chance to leap frog Drighlington at the top of the league table with a home tie versus Huddersfield based St Joesphs, kick off 2:30pm.