A team bag first victory of new year
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ ..16
Dudley Hill ‘A’ .. 8
Pennine Division 3
Rovers finally got their 1st win of the year with a tough hard-fought victory against Bradford based rivals Dudley Hill. The recent poor weather had turned the field into a quagmire and both teams struggled to find their way in the opening quarter with ultimately the side that made the least mistakes would in all probability win this match.
The game tried to flow and some good work from Kelly and Gallagher led to Smith going close with Hopton also unlucky not to score after some good interplay between Bailey and Palmer. Both defences worked hard in the heavy conditions and chances were few and far between although Whitehouse crossed the line along with Kelly only to see the scores ruled out.
Dudley Hill took the lead on 32 minutes with a score out wide after a mistake gifted them possession, Rovers then worked hard to get back in the game and a good solo try from Kelly converted by Smith gave Rovers the lead just before the interval.
A good start to the 2nd period saw an excellent kick off from Smith give Rovers a chance deep in the visitors half but again the hosts were denied a score. Excellent work from Dave Golec, Hick and Lawson gave Rovers a good platform and Smith combined well with Richardson to send Shaw close to scoring.
Heath and Kavanagh both had good weaving runs before Whitehouse finished a well worked set piece play to score 10 yards out from the posts, Bailey converting to extend the lead. More good work from Hanley and Heath enabled Shaw to break and the youngster was unlucky not to score.
Good defence from the Rovers forced an error in the Hill half and from the resultant scrum Whitehouse and Gallagher combined well to send Hampshire in for his 1st try for the club, Bailey just shaving the uprights with the conversion attempt.
Rovers were well in command at this stage and were unlucky not to score again through Hampshire following some good work from Richardson.
Hill had the last word with a converted score in the last few minutes but in reality Rovers were good value for this victory.
Best for Rovers in a very workmanlike effort were Hanley, Hampshire Kelly and Shaw with Bailey taking the David Palmer Travel sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is another tough encounter Away v Rochdale based side Littleborough, Sat 07-03-10 kick off 2-30. Players meet at 11-30 at the clubhouse, Bus Leaves at 12-15.