Rovers stay hot on heels with 'Bury win
Sharlston Rovers .. 32
Queensbury .. 10
Pennine Premier League
A bountiful 5 second half tries pushed Rovers clear for victory when they entertained Queensbury in league action last weekend. The win that keeps them hot on the heels of Queens trailing by only 2 league points but with a game in hand sets them in good stead for the 2nd half of premier games.
Rovers again started brightly opening their scoring with a nice flowing move that put Tommy Malyan in at the corner and the wingman converted the testing kick to add the extras. Rovers continued in the same vain but the conditions yet again meant Rovers couldn’t link their sets together with good completion.
Queensbury soon got in on the action when speedster Luke Brearcliffe nipped in as Rovers were napping. In almost immediate reply Rovers wiped off their opponents score as Lee Lingard hit the line at pace from Bettinson sharp pass, Malyan added the easy extras.
Sharlston couldn’t improve their score in last 10 minutes of the half and had to be happy with a slender 8 point lead going into the interval.
After a slow start to the second half Rovers took control as Steve Hall, Brian Sutton and Tom Burns made powerful carries with the conditions restricting Rovers strike players in the centers. Balkan Grill man of the match Carl Saville opened the second half scoring as proved too much to handle close to the line.
With Rovers looking in control head coach Gordy Long was able to blood Russian international Sasha Lysokon at his more native stand off role and despite a small language barrier linked in well setting up several breaks down the right fringe. On the hour mark quick hands from Saville then Lysokon put prolific scorer Gareth Davies in at the corner.
Queensbury replied courtesy of Scott Swan who got the luck of the bounce on a cross field kick for him to score a self converted try in the corner to bring the visitors within 10 points. Rovers sealed the victory with 2 quick fire converted tries to add gloss to the victory.
Wingman Andrey Zdobnikov registered his first try for the Rovers as Lysokon released Davies supplied his winger who raced on the outside of the full back before going under the sticks to make Malyan’s kick a formality. On the restart Carl Saville showed he still had the pace to field the kick off in his own 10 and race the length of the field for the closing score, Craige Miles added the final points of the day with conversion.
Next week Rovers have a tough test in the BARLA National Cup second round with a trip to East Leeds who gained their place with a 22-20 victory of Wakefield neighbours Eastmoor Dragons.
4min TRY #5 Tommy Malyan GOAL #5 Tommy Malyan 6-0
26min TRY #1 Luke Brearcliffe 6-4
28min TRY #4 Lee Lingard GOAL #5 Tommy Malyan 12-4
55min TRY #9 Carl Saville 16-4
61min TRY #3 Garth Davies 20-4
70min TRY #2 Scott Swan GOAL #2 Scott Swan 20-10
73min TRY Andrey Zdobnikov GOAL #5 Tommy Malyan 26-10
75min TRY #9 Carl Saville GOAL #13 Craige Miles 32-10