Rovers nilled by National cup champs
Queens .. 38
Sharlston Rovers .. 0
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers suffered their heaviest defeat of recent years this weekend when they travelled to newly inducted Queens. Supporters struggled to remember the last time the Weeland road failed to post a score but thatís exactly what happened at the hands of the National cup champions who did a demolition job on the visitors 38 points to nil.
With 10 minutes remaining in the first half Rovers where only 2 scores behind and could have drawn level but bombed two chances to get over the whitewash. There wasnít much between the teams at this stage and although Queens were a menace keeping the ball alive, Sharlston were just about living with them.
Danny Richardson and Steve Hall were running with intent for Rovers and in a jaded looking Sharlston side it was always going to be difficult to penetrate the robust defence of Queens.
Just before the interval the Leeds side added another score to the tally to lead by 16 unanswered points going into the break.
Rovers tried to slow down the pace of Queens attack which caused them no end of difficulty in the first half and with more numbers in the tackle were able to control the problematic offloads. The hosts then turned to the kicking of Jonny Milner for their attacking flair which Rovers failed to deal with returning a bounty of 3 tries for the hosts which put the game firmly to bed.
In the closing quarter Rovers were playing for pride and despite going close on several occasions Queens kept the historical clean sheet.
Gordie Long and Lee Bettinson will now have the task of the getting their players up for this weekends opening Yorkshire cup match where they host Westgate Wolves, kick off 2pm. The players will be keen to put right the wrongs of last weekend and deliver a performance in the local derby and keep handle on retaining the blue ribband cup.