Davies Romps Over Clayton With Trio
Clayton .. 18
Sharlston Rovers .. 36
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers return to the pace needed if they are to catch up with Halifax Irish at the summit of the Premier division with a 32-16 away victory over hosts Clayton.
Rovers opened the their account when Saville noticed a gap out wide and put a level kick across the field which with a kind bounce landed in the hands of Gareth Davies who burst through the open space, Matty Bell converting. Rovers attacking down the slope continued to pile on the pressure with some flowing attractive rugby, coach Andy Fisher finished a fine score supplying Lockwood to burst through the middle before collecting the offload to beat several trailing defenders, Matty Bell adding on the extras. Shortly after and with building pressure, Rovers attacked the flanks and with smooth ball handling exposed the over lap with Potter still having to beat the cover showing his forwards strength in the backs. Another quick score again down touchside saw Hall and Davies link with wingman Potter before supplying Davies for his second score to put Rovers 22 points clear with 15 minutes left of the half. On the half hour mark Clayton added their first points with Danny Belcher collecting a dropped ball to race under the sticks to make it easier for fullback Belcher to add the following goal. 4 minutes before the interval wingman James Byrom added the 5th score for the visitors with one of his best scores of the season dummying the cover defence to race down the touchline before clearing the last man.
3 minutes from the restart Belcher showed his pace once again with a kick from the base of the scrum and chasing his own kick down the slope, Belcher adding on the extras. Clayton pushed on to reduce the deficit and came close with several repeat sets camped on the Rovers line but Sharlston showed their metal to hold out hosts and on one of their first visits into Claytons half added a score for Gareth Davies completing his hat trick, Bell adding another conversion. Again Clayton laid on the pressure and with several attempts for the line Paul Crossley showed the strength to get over. Rovers had the last say of the game with Saville kicking up field for Jonathan Waddle to collect before offloading to Byrom to cross for his second. Best for Rovers with an influential captains knock came from Stephen Hall sponsored by Billy Wood but was pushed close by Lockwood and Davies.
This week Rovers travel to Halifax Irish in the Pennine Presidents Cup Quarter Finals for a truly mouth watering tie with Irish topping the table and a possible winner takes all tie yet to come. Sharlston will be running a supporters coach for the big cup match operated on a first come first served basis and will leave the Sharlston Hotel at approximately 11.45 for a 2pm kick off.