Young Rovers take opening victory of season
Sharlston Rovers A .. 30
Boothtown Terriers .. 20
Pennine Division 3
A full strength Rovers side ran out comfortable winners in this league division 3 encounter against a good Halifax based Boothtown side.
Rovers started well and set the platform for the day with a self converted try by C Hill after only 4 minutes following some good play by Austerberry and Whitehouse. A good break from P Hill and excellent support from Dodson led to a penalty goal from C Hill extending Rovers lead. Timms was held over the line and Crabtree was unlucky not to score before Boothtown hit back with a converted score the direct result of sloppy Rovers play and needless penalties.
The Terriers took the lead when again indiscipline led to a try out wide. Whitehouse almost scored following good work from Gallagher and Golec and Shaw went close before P Hill broke and put Gallagher over for a well deserved score converted by C Hill on the half hour mark.
A penalty attempt from Hill hit the uprights and Rovers were unlucky not to score a try from the rebound with Cooper going close. Rovers finished the half on a high with Dodson notching his first score for the club with an excellent self created try just before the break, again converted by Hill.
Boothtown upped their effort at the start of the 2nd period and were rewarded 3 minutes after the restart when a mistake near the home line saw the visitors reduce the deficit with an unconverted try.
The next 20 minutes was pretty even with both sides going close, and some big defence from both sides limiting chances, Rovers had Hurst, Reville Palmer and Pajor in fine form and their hard work was rewarded when P Hill put Hampshire over for a deserved score out wide, C Hill tagging on the extras from the touchline. Rovers completed their scoring for the afternoon when C Hill finished Coopers break to score his 2nd try of the day.
Boothtown were rewarded for their hard work with a last minute unconverted score to give the score line a closer look than was the case on the day. Rovers will again be well pleased with their overall effort and can look forward to what promises to be a good season.
In an extremely good team effort the best from the Rovers were Chris and Phil Hill, Dodson and Whitehouse with Shaw taking the Motor City Motorists sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is away at West Craven Warriors Sat 18-09-10 KO 2-30pm.
Players meet at 11-30am at the clubhouse bus leaves at 12-00pm.