Rover A sign off with scoring spree
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ .. 48
Undercliffe Wildboars .. 20
Pennine Division 3
Rovers put on an exhibition in their final league outing of the season against a game but struggling Bradford based outfit Undercliffe Wildboars, running in 10 tries but only converting 4 to keep the Rovers points tally below 50.
Rovers opened the scoring on 3 minutes when outstanding young player Russ Kaye crashed over for the 1st of his 3 tries of the afternoon. Wildboars responded with an interception try from their big centre on 8 minutes but then Rovers took control and the outcome of the match was never in doubt. Good work from Palmer, Lawson and Golec laid the platform and the backline put the visitors to the sword with some excellent tries.
Bailey intercepted and raced 40 yards before handing on to Kaye who notched his 2nd then Golec crashed over from short range following good work by Hampshire and Hopton. Whitehouse finished a well work move to score and then Kaye completed his hat trick with his best score of the day crashing through his opposite number to score just before the interval.
The 2nd period continued in the same way as the 1st with Whitehouse finishing a 50 yard break to score his 2nd of the day on 43 minutes and he notched his hat trick score on 48 minutes after good work from Kavanagh and Hick, Gallagher adding on the extras. An excellent kick and chase effort saw Kavanagh win the race to the line and he converted his own score on the hour mark.
Simpson then joined the scoring spree and he galloped over for 2 tries, 1 on these a 60 yard effort, with Bailey and Simpson converting 1 each.
Undercliffe showed their character throughout the day and finished with a flourish and 18 points added the score sheet to give them some joy from the day’s carnival like atmosphere.
At times Rovers showed what they could have produced this season had they been able to field anything resembling a full strength side at times throughout the year but the side will take many positives from the overall effort and will be looking to improve next year.
Best for Rovers in a strong team display were Whitehouse, Simpson and Palmer with Kaye taking the MotorCity Motorists Centre sponsored man of the match award.