Barmy army bounce back from final disappointment
Boothtown Terriers .. 10
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ ..14
Pennine Division Three
Rovers under strength injury hit side pulled off an outstanding victory against all the odds with another superb and gutsy team performance this time against Halifax Based rivals Boothtown Terriers.
Despite fielding only 13 fit players and backing up from the midweek cup final disappointment against Kettlethorpe, Rovers showed their character and team spirit to start well and were in a determined mood from the off, taking the game to their hosts and were unlucky not to open the scoring when Sam Whitehouse was stopped just short after some good work by Smith.
A rare mistake from the visitors allowed the home side to open the scoring when Rovers lost possession in their own half and Terriers opened up the scoring on 7 minutes with a converted try.
Rovers hit back and Gallagher put in an excellent kick for winger Kavanagh to collect and the youngster was stopped just short and Hampshire also went close after good work from Hopton.
Rovers were taking control now and Smith along with Hill were running the show for the visitors and Gallagher’s excellent kicking game put the hosts on the back foot throughout the afternoon.
Joe Whitehouse and Kavanagh combined well to almost score before Smith finished a well worked set piece play to bag a try converted by C. Hill and Rovers were level on the half hour mark. Rovers took the lead on 38 minutes when Chris Hill slotted over a penalty goal after P. Golec was fouled close to the line.
Rovers started the 2nd period in the same determined fashion and excellent work from Gallagher and Kavanagh saw Hopton go close, then S. Whitehouse and Simpson combined well to see D. Golec stopped just short.
Joe Whitehouse and P. Golec led the way on defence for the visitors and the home side were becoming frustrated at the dominance of the Rovers pack with Rovers enjoying extra possession due to the increasing penalty count.
Boothtown hit back and scored a controversial try to regain the lead on 50 minutes but then Rovers became a more determined outfit and after completing the next 7 sets and going close through Sam Whitehouse and Lawson, Chris Hill capped a fine performance with a good solo try on the hour when catching the home defence napping to seal the match and he tagged on the extras to give Rovers a 4 point lead they were never intending to relinquish.
Massive efforts on the defensive side came from Lawson, Palmer and P Golec and the home side took their frustrations out on the referee with some comical but needless disputing of the official’s decisions leading to 2 late sin binnings for the Terriers.
This was an excellent team effort with some big standout performances from Smith, C. Hill and Hopton, with Palmer taking the Alarm and Security Services sponsored man of the match award ahead of the improving Joe Whitehouse.
Next week sees Rovers away again this time at Bradford based Victoria Rangers
Players meet at 11-45 at the clubhouse.