Rovers set up decider clash after Kippax victory
Sharlston Rovers .. 32
Kippax Welfare .. 4
Rovers got back on track after being held close by St Joes last weekend and with similar wet conditions supporters could have expected a similar low scoring affair but with 20 minutes in stand off Carl Saville battled over the line to add the first try Matty Bell adding the conversion. Almost straight after Sharlston quickly doubled their score when Gareth Davies broke out his own 20 metres and left the defenders for dead with a signature score, Bell adding the conversion. Kippax who battled hard with a depleted squad were rewarded when Andy Walker sneaked in on the blindside but that was to be Kippaxís only score of the match entering half way 14-4 behind.
2 minutes from the restart Rovers elected to post the penalty conversion to add a little air between the scores but soon after Rovers crossed with the four pointer when quick hands put Dale Potter in at the corner. Not to be outdone Rovers other flankers got onto the score sheet with Jonathan Waddle showing his supreme hand off to barrel over several defenders with Kevin Dickens adding the testing kick from touch side. Rovers looked to turn the screw and pile on the points with popular prop forward Andy Booth almost going over in 50 meter break but lost possession in the tackle. On the back of the field possession Keith Brook too came close to furthering Rovers tally, only to be denied by the post pad. On the hour mark Davies crossed to complete a brace, reacting first to a spilt kick collection out on the win. Ten minutes from time Carl Saville took advantage of a tired Kippax defence with a simple score scooting from dummy half through a gaping hole.
The win continues to keep championship title hopes alive and the seasonís hard work comes to a climax this weekend when Rovers travel to Saville Park to take on Halifax Irish, Rovers canít return with a loss and in the event of a draw Rovers need to not drop any more points in their remaining 5 league games which include some midweek fixtures. Sharlston will be running a supporters bus to the important fixture which will leave the Hotel at 12.15 for a 2.30 kick off.