Crig offer resistence but Rovers take points
Sharlston Rovers .. 28 (6)
Crigglestone All Blacks ..10 (4)
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers continued their winning league form with a testing encounter versus much improved Crigglestone All Blacks side and were held to only a 2 point lead at half time.
The improvement from the earlier 40-8 drubbing was no surprise with Crigg enjoying a great run of form that see’s them clear of the drop zone in 4th position.
The hosts had several early chances to open the afternoons scoring but Criggleston with an enhanced defence held them out resolutely. Both sides felt the rath of the scrupulous referee who heavily penalised both sides and Rovers felt hard done by with 2 scores wiped off.
Captain Carl Saville couldn’t be denied on 20 minutes acting quickly from acting half to scoot over for the opening try, former All Black Tommy Malyan added the taxing conversion.
Crigg replied on the half hour mark with Ryan Horsleys smart offload at the line put scrum half Nick Ementon over untouched, Jamie Miller couldn’t added the relatively easy conversion to level the scores.
Both sets of players became frustrated with the stop start nature of the game with the referee penalising relentlessly, Rovers had Carl Sayer sinbined for questioning a decision but managed to hold on for the remainder of the half despite numerical deficit.
The interval seemed to compose Rovers and they came out the recognisable force and soon took a handle on the game. Carl Spencer on the wing created a try for himself beating several on the touchline and Malyan converted before Gareth Davies put on the afterburners to race from half way for his 30th try of the season, Malyan again converted.
Crigg showed the attitude that has seen them gain some recent standout results when Nick Ementon created a gap for strong running Adam Hyman to go through, Jamie Miller converted to bring the visitors within 8 points.
With 10 minutes remaining Rovers made sure of the result when Geoff Hick returning from a lengthy 12 month injury went over after backing up Steve Hall penetrating run, Malyan again converted.
Reliable work horse Steve Hall also got in on the action latching onto a Gordie Long kick through, with the veteran coach’s introduction undoubtedly swinging the game in the hosts favour.
Exceptional in the forwards for Rovers were Tommy Crowther and Sean Emblem but Carl Saville took the Help for Heroes man of the match.
Rovers are again at home in league action this time hosting third place Siddal A in what should be a testing tie, kick off 2.30pm.