Rovers still on tails of the Irish
Huddersfield St Josephs ..10
Sharlston Rovers ..16
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers stepped closer to challenging Halifax Irish for the title as they travelled to St Joes and only just came away with the victory, 16-10, as the Huddersfield side were in front for half of the match.
The hosting Fartown side opened the scoring through Phil Simpson who pounced onto a kick through with Neil Barret converting to make Rovers chase the game. Sharlston put themselves under pressure as they lost the ball searching for equalising try in the monsoon conditions.
On 25 minutes Rovers replied with an unconverted try from center Dale Potter who powered through the blindside defence, but Rovers couldn’t build on the score to take them in front and with minutes left in the first half St Joe extended their lead through Lee St Hilare.
Rovers pulled out all the stops to get back on track and 14 minutes into the second half Keith Brook crossed for the visitors hitting a perfect line at pace, Matty Bell adding the goal to equalise. Around the hour mark Rovers took the lead for the first time in the game as Dale Potter pounced on a perfectly weighted kick with Bell adding on the extras.
For the last 10 minutes St Joseph’s threw everything at the visitors but the defence held out having several sets to defend on their own line.
Stand out performances from Dale Potter and Steven Hall pushed for the man of the match accolade but Craig Miles sponsored Total Quality Garage Doors took the top spot with an accustomed powerful display.
Next week will see Rovers host Kippax Welfare as Rovers try to catch the tails of Halifax Irish with a 2.30 kick off.