Rovers pickup pace for premier title race
Sharlston Rovers .. 52 (36)
New Earswick All Blacks .. 6 (0)
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers made up for last weekends lacking performance where they leaked a point to bottom of league New Earswick All Blacks with a much improved display that saw them go in for the 9 tries against a lacking Huddersfield St Joesph’s side.
Delayed by a week Rovers 52-6 victory sees them top of the Pennine Premier league leap frogging Drighlington who are caught up in cup action.
Keen to make up for last weekends poor showing Rovers were in no mood to hang about and within 3 minutes had posted the opening scores, the towering Jonathan Waddle skittling several defenders on his way over the line. Tommy Malyan added the first of his 8 eventual conversion.
An inform Lee Maskill orchestrated the next try taking on the line before unselfishly offloading to Ben Grundy to go in for the next score. At this stage Rovers were looking back to their best despite still missing around 7 first team regulars.
Scrum Half Phil Hill taking his rightfully earned step up from the A’ team assisted with the next try breaking the tackle and squeezing out a beautiful ball to in support Tommy Malyan.
Now on a roll Rovers acted quickly to improve their 18 point buffer adding 2 converted tries in quick succession. A firm hit from Gareth Davies on the catching Joes defender dislodged the ball before A’ team product Chris Shaw pounced on the loose ball and raced under the posts.
Ben Grundy raced in for his brace to put 30 points on the board in as many minutes after taking advantage of numbers out wide when Davies had broke from his own half. Just before the interval Tommy Crowther added a fine converted score crashing through the defence on a barn storming run.
At the interval St Joes coach Keith Senior must have delivered some stern words as the visitors came out an invigorated side and enjoyed more spells of possession. Rovers were made to defend and held out for the opening 10 minutes with loose forward Brian Sutton leading by example in defence. Rovers were eventually infiltrated by Joe Flaherty who made example of tired markers to crash over, Neil Barret converted to add what would be St Joes only points.
With Joes enjoying more time with the ball Rovers struggled to poise anymore threat of improving their tally but on the hour mark prolific Davies used his dazzling footwork to make a try from nothing.
Ten minutes from the close of the game Man of the Match Lee Maskill topped off a fine afternoons performance with a neat chip over to collect himself and fend off the last defender on his way to the line.
With several minor injuries assistant coach Gordy Long back from retirement made a cameo appearance and his presence was felt immediately when he put Carl Spencer over with a sharp pass from acting half. Tommy Malyan brought the points procession to a close adding his 8th goal of the afternoon and personal haul of 20 points.
In a much improved team performance Brian Sutton stood out alongside Carl Sayer but Lee Maskill took the RCK Groundworks man of the match with a leaders performance.
This weekend Rovers look improve their position at the top of the table when they travel to Elland for a 2.30pm kick off. The club is a running a supporters coach to the Halifax opponents departing the clubhouse at 12.15 prompt.