Rovers edge Oulton at Kaye Cost
Oulton Raiders .. 6
Sharlston Rovers A .. 22
Pennine Division Three
Rovers eventually ran out worthy winners in this hard fought league division 3 encounter against local rivals Oulton Raiders A, with strong defence the key for a well deserved victory.
Rovers started the first half well and despite suffering a serious injury set back to Russ Kaye in the 2nd minute stuck to their task and put the home side under pressure with some good work by Timms and Storey on attack. Whitehouse and Pajor went close to opening the scoring following good breaks from Shaw and Hopton before Simpson finished Phil Golecís break and crashed over in the 20th minute, Hill tagging on the extras.
Rovers kept the pressure on and a good break from Simpson saw Smith go close with Edwards unlucky not to score when Timms made a good break. Oulton were gifted a score when intercepting a Rovers long cut out pass and the home winger just managed to beat the covering defenders for a 6 pointer in the 30th minute.
Rovers were not to be denied and although Smith and Hirst were stopped short, wingman Hampshire picked up a stray ball and raced 50 metres to the line to score a deserved try giving Rovers a 10 v 6 lead at the interval.
The restart saw no respite for Oulton with Rovers keeping the pressure on with some strong running from Dave Golec and Booth laying the platform and Whitehouse, Hill and Timms finding the resulting gaps. Good work from Storey and Edwards saw Whitehouse force his way over for a try converted by Hill on 50 minutes to give Rovers a 10 point cushion.
Rovers were determined to keep their line intact and some ferocious defence from the youngsters kept the home side at bay, Edwards P Golec and Hill leading by example and Smith and Booth showing their experience to keep things secure.
An excellent kick chase saw Rovers force an error over the Oulton try line and Gallagher reacted first to score a deserved try to effectively close the game out with 15 minutes remaining, Hill notching his 3rd conversion of the day. Oulton never really troubled the Rovers line as a result of the strong defensive display by the visitors and the victory spoils were well deserved by the Rovers youngsters.
Rovers were good value for their victory and there were some excellent efforts throughout the afternoon from Whitehouse, Timms, Storey and Whitehouse with Chris Hill taking the Alarm and Security services sponsored man of the match award for another strong display.
Next game should be another tough encounter at home to Division 3 League leaders Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks in the 1st round of the Andrew Bennett trophy. Players meet at 12-30 at the clubhouse for a 2-00pm kick off.