Rovers self destruct at 'Boro
Littleborough .. 22
Sharlston Rovers A .. 10
Pennine Division 3
Rovers were full of optimism before the start of this game and they made a reasonably good start to take the game to the opposition, before pressing the self destruct button and losing a game they should have won.
Good work from Gallagher in the opening minute forced an error from the home side and further good work from Timms and Hill saw Gallagher put Whitehouse in for the opening score in only the 3rd minute. Hill tagged on the extras to give Rovers the start they were looking for.
Littleboro then hit back and 3 consecutive sets put the visitors under pressure but the defence held firm with P Golec, Palmer and Pajor leading the way.
Needless penalties then gave the home side more possession and this time they responded with a converted score out wide following a mix up in the defence. Rovers took the game back to their hosts and were unlucky not to score following good work by Storey and Hill with Shaw stopped just short.
Boro then blitzed the Rovers with two tries in a 4 minute period around the half hour mark, 1 converted to leave the visitors with a mountain to climb in the 2nd period.
Rovers needed to start the half well and they did for a while putting pressure on the home side with some good work from Dodson and Kaye along with some strong running by Reville and D Golec resulting in Hill and Austerberry going close.
Boro made the most of some poor play by the Rovers to extend the lead on 60 minutes and Rovers were left to just play for pride in the last quarter. Hill and Storey went close and P Golec almost scored with a good run from dummy half but the boro defence held firm until Hampshire crashed over from Hillís neat short pass with 15 minutes remaining.
Try as they did Rovers could not trouble the home side any further and were left to count the cost of their inability to control the game in the 1st period.
Best for Rovers were P Golec, Whitehouse and Shaw with C Hill taking the Motorcity Motorists centre sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is Home v Wakefield City in the Physiowise sponsored Trophy Sat 23-10-10, kick off 2-30 players meet at 12- 45 at the clubhouse.