Barmy army continue 2011 unbeaten run
Sharlston Rovers A .. 8
Odsal Sedbergh .. 4
Pennine Division 3
Rovers approached this Division 3 encounter against old rivals from Bradford Odsal Sedbergh expecting a tough encounter and that is exactly what they got. Rovers were full of confidence following on from their recent performances and showed their determination from the off with some terrific hits from the home pack putting the visitors on the back foot. Palmer, Pajor and Golec leading the way and they were well supported by Whitehouse and Jones.
Whitehouse and Pajor went close to opening the scoring following good breaks from Shaw and Hampshire before Simpson made a good break and Hatfield went close. The wet and windy conditions were making flowing rugby difficult and both sides were guilty of unforced errors which led to a stop start affair.
Rovers were putting pressure on the Odsal line at this stage and only desperate defence from the visitors stopped first Hatfield then Hampshire from scoring but the inevitable score came when veteran Smith used his years of experience to crash over, Hatfield tagging on the extras. Roverís strong defence limited the Odsal opportunities but the visitors did go close and it took a copy book tackle from Simpson to clear the danger.
Sedbergh had to come up with something to stem the onslaught from Rovers and they started to use their size to good effect and were soon putting the home defence under pressure but the Rovers stood firm and repelled the attacks.
The game was now flowing between both try lines and strong defence was the order of the day as both sides looked to gain the advantage. A mix up in the home defence saw the visitors winger go over in the corner from a well judged kick to give the them a way back into the game on the hour mark but Rovers stepped up their game and were soon going close through Spencer and Hirst.
A penalty to the Rovers saw Spencer calmly slot over the difficult kick to ease the home side further away and from the resultant restart an Odsal mistake led to Rovers putting pressure on the visitorís line again. Good defence forced an error and from the resultant scrum Shaw almost scored after good work from Kelly and Jones. Odsal threw everything at the home line in a frantic last 5 minute spell with Rovers nerves and defence holding out for a well deserved victory.
Rovers were good value for their victory and there were some excellent efforts throughout the afternoon from Hampshire, Hatfield and Golec with Whitehouse taking the Alarm and Security services sponsored man of the match award for another livewire performance.
Rovers will be looking to extend this recent good run in the next game which is away at Halifax based Greetland All Rounders.
Players meet at 11-30am at the clubhouse for a 2-00pm kick off.