Young Rovers find form at Vics
Victoria Rangers .. 8
Sharlston Rovers A .. 42
Pennine Division 3
Rovers ran out comfortable winners in this league division 3 encounter against struggling Bradford based rivals Victoria Rangers. The first half performance by the visitors was their best 40 minutes of the season so far and the Sharlston side will be looking to build on this effort in the coming weeks.
Rovers started well and set the platform for the day with a good opening set forcing the home side on the back foot almost immediately. In the 5th minute a superb break by Chris Hill and a neat offload saw Brother Phil crash over for a converted score. Edwards was held inches short of the line and Kaye went close before Victoria reduced the arrears with a 4 point score.
Good offloading and support play saw Gallagher go close then Simpson marked his comeback with a well deserved score after more good support play by the enthusiastic Rovers youngsters. From the restart debutant Hatfield scored a good try following some neat play between himself and Storey with Sam Whitehouse joining the party with a try from Edwards strong burst up the middle and clever offload.
Hatfield and Storey again combined well to send Storey in for his 1st score of the day and Chris Hill wrapped up the first half action with a self made and self converted try to give Rovers a comfortable 30 v 4 lead at the interval.
The restart saw no respite for the battered Vicís outfit and Storey notched his 2nd of the day after some excellent work by C Hill. Rovers stepped off the gas at this stage and were drawn into a forwards battle that more suited the home sideís style of play. Errors and wrong options let the home side off the hook and they reduced the deficit with another 4 pointer on 65 minutes following a period of pressure.
Rovers settled back to their earlier style of play and soon had the hosts on the back foot with Hopton going close along with Joe Whitehouse. With 10 minutes remaining P Golec capped a fine display with a try after some good approach work by D Golec, Chris Hill notching his 5th conversion of the afternoon. Good defence in the closing stages from the home side prevented Timms and Shaw from scoring but the points were already well safe by this stage.
Rovers were good value for their victory and there were some excellent efforts especially in the first period from Hatfield, Storey P Hill and S Whitehouse with Chris Hill taking the David Palmer travel sponsored man of the match award for another strong display.
Next game should be a much tougher encounter away at local rivals Oulton raiders A. Players meet at 12-00 at the clubhouse bus leaves at 12-30pm.