Hill' too tough to climb
Dudley Hill ‘A’ .. 26
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ .. 10
Pennine Division Three
Playing only their 2nd match of the year Rovers were caught cold by the impressive start from the strong looking Dudley Hill side.
Late withdrawals and 1st team call ups meant a major reshuffle at the start and Rovers were struggling to find the pace early on. The hosts took the lead in only the 2nd minute when two missed tackles on the big home centre led to a score out wide for his wingman. Rovers who were fielding 4 debutants slowly found their way and started to make good ground with some strong running from new signing Kaye and Pajor leading the way.
Storey and Gallagher combined well to see Bailey stopped just short and Simpson was unlucky not to score following good work from Smith. Dudley extended their lead on 20 minutes when scoring out wide after more strong running from the centre had the Rovers defence in trouble. Rovers again fought hard to get back in the game and for a brief spell looked likely to score but strong defence from the home side kept out Hick and Whitehouse.
Rovers needed to start the 2nd period well but conceded a converted score on the opening set of the half after a good break and neat offload from the home side.
A brief rally saw Storey put Barlow through for a good break and good work from Phil and Dave Golec led to Cooper going close but the ‘Hill’ effectively put the game beyond Rovers reach with another converted score on 55 minutes after a number of missed tackles in the middle of the field. On the hour mark an excellent break from the home hooker led to a long range effort from the home side and Rovers were looking a well beaten side at this stage.
To their credit they stuck to the task and strong running from Whitehouse and Smith got the visitors on a roll and they were rewarded when good work from Pajor and Hampshire led to Storey putting Kaye through a gap and the youngster took the chance well to score out wide.
With 5 minutes remaining after an excellent break from Gallagher Storey again put Kaye into a gap and he raced 30 yards to score his 2nd try of the afternoon, Simpson successful with the touchline conversion.
Rovers were second best on the day and will have to improve for the next outing against high flying Lindley Swifts but there were a number of plus points from the match to give them some hope for the remainder of the season.
Best for Rovers in a mixed display were Simpson Kaye and Pajor with Whitehouse Smith taking the Majestic Decor sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is Home v Lindley Swifts, 20-02-10 kick off 2-30.