Sharlston into Semis
St Joesphs .. 10 (0)
Sharlston Rovers .. 22 (12)
Pennine Presidents Cup Quarter Final
Sharlston Rovers are through to the Semi Finals of the Pennine Presidents cup where a home tie versus dark horses Slaithwaite Saracens is the only obstacle in the way of a fifth cup final appearance.
The Fartown reeling from 52-6 at Rovers home ground a few weeks earlier as per usual played their large pitch well with elusive backs Richard Aka and Lee St Hilare causing allsorts of problems with ball in hand.
It was Rovers who started the better when the outstanding Sean Emblem powered over for the opening try, Tommy Malyan converting. Rovers chance came few and fare between and with a try wiped out and several chances going begging Rovers couldn’t improve the lead until 3 minutes before the interval.
Jonathan Waddle usually in the second row covering at stand off was the first to re-act to a fumble over the line and Malyan added the extras to give Rovers an important 12-0 lead at the interval.
In the most entertaining try of the game not long after the restart Gareth Davies went in for a virtuoso effort putting the feet on several defenders before burning them off for pace down the touchline.
On the hour mark Rovers defence looked tired when several missed tackles but them on the back foot, and Craig Lee nipped over. Jonathan Waddle replied for Rovers to wipe out the score backing up another Davies break set up by player coach Gordy Long from the bench, Malyan goaled the score to go 18 points infront.
Minutes before the final whistle Joes went in for a late consolation try but the first half damage was done and Rovers progressed into the last 4. Sean Emblem was adjudged to be the Redshaw Gardening Services man of the match with customary strong running.
This weekend Rovers are back to full strength and hope to get some league form for the final month of important fixtures. This weekend Rovers host Wakefield neighbours Crigglestone All Blacks who have risen into fourth position after a shaky start to the season, kick off 2.30pm.