Red hot Rovers rout Elland
Elland .. 10 (4)
Sharlston Rovers .. 48 (24)
Pennine Premier Division
Rovers extended their lead at the summit of the Pennine Premier division with a 48-10 rout at the home of Elland. Despite an early set back conceding a try from Jake McCarthy in the opening minute Rovers raced into a commanding 24-4 half time lead.
Rovers white hot performance opened when Tommy Malyan equalised after backing up a storming Bart Thompsen charge and the full back gave Rovers the lead with the conversion.
It was the returning Ozzie prop who set up the second also when a strong carry and offload unleashed Gareth Davies from his own half and the prolific scorer showed his finishing skills to step several defenders to the corner, Malyan again converted with the touchline conversion, form with the boot which continued throughout the game adding all 8 conversions asked of him.
In fruitful form with ball in hand restless go forward from Tommy Crowther was rewarded when the in-form forward powered under the posts.
Just before the interval added a further score when scrum half Phil Hill ghosted through the defence for his debut first team try giving them a 20 point lead going into the break.
Lee Maskill opened the second half scoring backing himself from acting half back to scoot over. Elland replied on the hour mark as they were rewarded for a better completion when Dean Bishop exposed a gap on the touchside before converting himself.
With the introduction of Carl Saville returning from injury the rook was speeded up and the Elland defence couldn’t keep up with the pace. After 2 first half assists Bart Thompsen got himself on the score sheet powering over under the posts with defenders in tow.
Coming off the bench to spell the props Karl Wallis and Sean Emblem made their own impression on the defence and it was Emblem who set up the next try, bursting out of his own half before offloading to Waddle to finish off a length of the field score.
5 minutes before time Saville closed Rovers afternoon of scoring showing his speed and awareness to jink inside the Elland sliding defence. Malyan added the last of his 8 successful conversions to take a 100% kicking accuracy and bagging another 20 point haul identical to last weekend.
In an impressive team showing where every player performed boldly it was hard to pick a man of the match with Thompsen, Malyan and Crowther all in contention, but Steve Hall who lead from the front took the X-Blades.co.uk man of the match.
This weekend see’s Rovers start their defence of the Wakefield ARL Unison Presidents Cup with an away draw to Westgate Wolves, kick off 2pm.