Trojans too strong for enterprising Rovers
Thornhill Trojans .. 34
Sharlston Rovers A .. 10
Pennine Division 3
Rovers approached the match full of confidence and took the game to their hosts from the off with some enterprising play from Storey, Gallagher and Timms putting the home side under pressure.
Ex National Conference outfit Trojans are the early season favourites for the title but the young Rovers side were not overawed by them and took the lead when a superbly worked scrum move saw Gallagher ghost through for the opening score after 5 minutes.
A mix up at the restart saw Thornhill regain possession and they capitalised with a converted score on the last tackle of the next set. Rovers dug deep and showed their defensive qualities while keeping the home side stifled for long periods of the half with Timms, Smith and Whitehouse leading the way.
Good work from Kaye and Simpson saw both Kavanagh and Shaw go close with Golec unlucky not to score after good work from Storey. Gallagher had a try wiped out for an alleged infringement but Rovers regained the lead when an excellent kick saw Austerberry first to react and he scored a self converted try on the half hour mark.
Once again Rovers were guilty of a lack of concentration at the restart and gifted possession back to the home side and once again they showed their quality by punishing the mistake with a try on the following set to restore the 2 point advantage going into the break. Rovers were unfortunate not to enter the 2nd period with a lead when a well worked move saw Kavanagh go close and only desperate defence stopped the youngster from scoring a deserved try.
Rovers were caught napping early in the 2nd period when after sustaining 5 minutes of nonstop pressure they conceded a soft try from marker to leave them with an uphill battle.
The next 10 minutes saw Rovers again take the game to the hosts and the visitors were unlucky not to score through Whitehouse with Kaye and Hampshire combining well to send Edwards close.
Thornhill then took the game to another level with the home half backs causing all sorts of problems for the visitors and 2 converted scores followed within a 5 minute period that effectively sealed the points for the home side.
Rovers again fought their way back into the game and showed some neat touches on attack without managing to cross the whitewash.
Trojans finished the scoring when a kick through in the dying seconds led to an awkward bounce and they scored to give the score line a one sided look.
In all this was a very good display by the Rovers and despite the heavy score they will definitely take some heart from this effort.
In an excellent team effort the best from the Rovers were Timms, Gallagher and S Whitehouse with Stan Smith taking the Alarm and Security Services sponsored man of the match award.
The Next scheduled is away to Littleborough Sat 16--10-10 KO 2-30pm.
Players meet at 11-45am at the clubhouse bus leaves at 12-15pm.