Rovers pay for slow start
Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks .. 28
Sharlston Rovers A .. 14
Pennine Division Three
Rovers were full of optimism before the start of this season and they made a reasonably steady start to the opening match before being made to pay for their poor 2nd quarter display against a big robust South Yorkshire outfit.
Both sides started well and a good completion rate from the young new look Rovers outfit saw them making inroads against the hosts. A well worked scrum move saw Kavanagh go close and good work by C.Hill and Timms saw Hopton unlucky not to score. Defensively Rovers looked good and were more than a match for the bigger home side.
With the scores locked at 0-0 after 20 minutes Rovers became complacent and were guilty of a number of unforced errors and slack play that allowed the hosts to open the scoring and the one way traffic that followed over the next 15 minutes saw Rovers approach the half time interval 22 points adrift and seemingly out of the match.
A different outlook on the game and a back to basics approach saw the Rovers start to trouble the hosts and the longer the game went on the more dangerous and fitter the visitors looked. An excellent move involving P Golec and Dodson saw Austerberry cross the line for an unconverted score with Rovers unlucky not to score straight from the restart when Cooper and Shaw combined well out wide.
On the hour mark Chris Hill burst through 40 yards out and outpaced the cover defence to score under the posts with Austerberry tagging on the extras to put Rovers right back in the match. With time ticking away a good solo try from P Golec saw Rovers clawing their way to within 8 points of the home side and a mighty comeback was on the cards.
It was not to be though as Sheffield used their size well and gave the game a one sided scoreline with a converted try 5 minutes from the end of the hard fought but entertaining encounter.
Rovers will take heart from the way they battled in the 2nd period and can look forward to what promises to be a good season.
Best from the vistors were Dodson,Austerberry Palmer and P.Golec with C.Hill taking the Alarm and Security Services sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is Home v Halifax based Boothtown Terriers Sat 11-09-10 ko 2-30pm, players meet at 1-00pm at the clubhouse