Rovers bounce back in Yorkshire cup defence
Sharlston Rovers .. 48
Westgate Wolves .. 12
BARLA Yorkshire Cup Round One
Sharlston Rovers bounced back from last weeks disappointing performance versus Queens with the start of their Yorkshire cup retention campaign. In a local Wakefield derby Westgate Wolves travelled the current holders and their early confidence was rewarded as they went though the gears with the hosts and even took a short lead 20 minutes in.
Rovers opened the scoring 5 minutes in when the prolific Gareth Davies was unstoppable in his free role covering the fullback position. Lee Maskill was successful with the conversion but that was soon wiped out when Matty Woods replied minutes later with a self converted try when the referee allowed the winger a quick tap while Rovers were napping.
A spell of reciprocal pressure held the scorers level until the 20th minute when quick hands put Rovers centre Steve Hall in at the corner but the kick too testing for Maskill. Rovers looked to turn the screw but when attacking the Westgate line a stray pass was intercepted by Darrel Olpherts who went the length of the field, Matty Woods converted to give the visitors a 2 point lead.
‘Gate managed to hold their lead until the half hour mark but couldn’t contain Rovers prop forward Chris Bingham who teared through the attentions of several defenders, Maskill converted.
In a final 5 minute purple patch Rovers made the lead more comfortable with 2 unconverted tries when Lee Maskill took on the line and broke the tackles to go over in the corner before Tom Burns scored his debut Rovers try in a similar position to go into the interval 12 points a head.
Rovers continued their ascendancy on the match from the off and continued racking up the points with winger Chris Shaw picking up a loose ball and racing from half way to score in the corner. Steve Hall kept the momentum going with his second of the afternoon from a neat cut out pass from Tom Wandless. On the hour mark loose forward Carl Saville went through the line and outpaced the cover to score in the corner, Steve Hall adding the testing touchline conversion.
Rovers closed firmly on top with 2 more tries when interchange hooker Tom Wandlass back from a stint at Dewsbury went through untouched before player coach Lee Bettinson brought the curtain down on a much improved team performance, prop Danny Richardson added the last of the conversions.
Best for Rovers were packmen Danny Richardson, Carl Saville and Lee Bettinson but head and shoulders above was Chris Bingham who took the man of the match award sponsored by Solo Hair Design.
The second round draw sees Rovers entertain East Leeds A on the 9th October but this week attention will be focused back on league action as they entertain Siddal A 2.30pm kick off.