Rovers dig deep for Warriors victory
West Craven Warriors .. 6
Sharlston Rovers A .. 14
Pennine division 3
This was definitely a game of 2 halves with Rovers digging deep in the 2nd period to ensure the points were claimed in this tough division 3 encounter against far away rivals West Craven Warriors.
Losing a couple of players to the 1st team disrupted Rovers plans but they started this game full of confidence and took the game to their hosts from the off.
In only the 2nd minute an excellent ball from Gallagher released speed man Kavanagh who would have scored but for the copybook cover tackle from the home full back. Further good work from Kaye and Dodson put Rovers in a good position and Gallagher’s pin point kick led to Phil Hill scoring under the posts on 6 minutes, Chris Hill tagging on the extras. Golec then made a telling break and good support from Hick led to Chris Hill being held up over the line on 10 minutes.
A well worked penalty move saw Kavanagh again go close and the youngster showed his defensive qualities as well with 2 excellent tackles and his ease at taking the high balls peppered at him showed the confidence running through the side at this stage of the match.
On 25 minutes Rovers extended their lead when good defence from Whitehouse and Palmer forced a scrum deep inside the home half and the well worked move that followed led to Crabtree Scoring his 1st of the season out wide.
Injuries then forced a major reshuffle and Rovers seemed to lose some of their momentum following the loss of key playmakers. The warriors capitalised on the disruption and went close on two occasions just before the interval and this gave the home side a glimpse of what might be to come in the 2nd period.
Sure enough from the restart West Craven mounted wave after wave of attacks on the visiting line and only good defence from C Hill and Golec kept the line intact. Rovers did not help their cause with a poor completion rate and at times were pinned deep in their own half with only good kicking from Hill and Gallagher easing the pressure.
The amount of defence the young Rovers side were doing meant it would only be a matter of time before they conceded and sure enough the home side reduced the arrears on 65 minutes when a dubious try was awarded following a long period of sustained pressure, with the conversion leaving Rovers with only a slender 4 point lead going into the closing stages.
Realising they were under pressure the visitors upped the intensity and with some good solid work from Hick, Pajor, Palmer and Whitehouse they managed to work their way back up field and into some good field position. Good work from Kaye and Reville with some good support from Hampshire and Edwards saw Hill go close. Rovers secured the victory when hooker Golec crashed over following some good approach work from Cooper and Dodson.
All in all Rovers deserved the 2 points but will need to improve on their 2nd half performance over the coming weeks if they are to be considered as promotion candidates.
In a mixed team effort the best from the Rovers were Dodson, Gallagher and Kavanagh with Chris Hill taking the Alarm and Security Services sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is away at Thornhill Trojans Sat 25-09-10 KO 2-30pm.
Players meet at 12-30pm at the clubhouse bus leaves at 1-00pm.