Rovers through to Physiowise semis
Sharlston Rovers A .. 28
Wakefield City .. 20
Wakefield ARL - Physiowise Cup - Quarter final
A full strength Rovers side ran out winners in this tough local derby against a very determined Wakefield City outfit in the Physiowise trophy.
Rovers started well and set the platform for the day with a good opening set putting pressure on the visitorís line. Good work from Hopton and Kelly saw Whitehouse go close before Golec put Palmer over for the opening score in the 4th minute, converted by Hill. City hit back with some strong running and only good defence from Timms and Pajor kept out the visitors.
City scored after 15 minutes when creating the overlap out wide and Rovers knew they had to step up a gear, Good defence from Gallagher from the restart forced an error and put the home side on the attack and they were unlucky not to increase the lead through Shaw soon after.
Good running from deep by Austerberry saw Whitehouse go close before Rovers extended their advantage on the half hour mark when good work from Kelly enabled Cooper to break and his excellent ball gave Shaw the chance to find some space and the youngster scored out wide.
City again upped their game and went close before levelling the scores seconds before the interval after some weak defending from the home side. City started the better in the opening exchanges of the 2nd period and were rewarded 4 minutes after the restart when a mistake near the home line saw the visitors take the lead with a converted score.
The next 15 minutes was pretty even with both sides going close, and some big defence from both sides limiting chances, Rovers had Edwards, Hill Palmer and Pajor in fine form on defence with some good support from Austerberry and Dodson and their hard work was rewarded when Storey broke clear for a deserved score under the posts, C Hill tagging on the extras to level the scoring.
Rovers regained the lead 5 minutes later when Hill picked up a loose ball 35 yards out and he finished in fine style and converted to give the home side the advantage going into the final quarter. Kaye and Dodson both went close to scoring with Golec stopped just short before Storey notched his 2nd of the afternoon converted by Hill to give Rovers a 12 point cushion.
City were rewarded for their never say die attitude with a score in the closing moments but Rovers held out to claim the victory and a place in the next round. Rovers will again be well pleased with their overall effort and can look forward to what promises to be a good season.
In an extremely good team effort the best from the Rovers were Austerberry, Storey, Hill and Golec with Palmer taking the PA Heating sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is home v league leaders Dudley Hill A Sat 30-10-10 KO 2-00pm. Players meet at 12-30am at the clubhouse.