Rovers A' roll up league standings
Greetland All Rounders .. 4
Sharlston Rovers A .. 30
Pennine Division 3
Sharlston Rovers A continue their excellent restart to the league campaign after the Christmas layoff with another victory which sneaks them into 5th position in the standings.
The young Rovers side made the journey to Greetland in Halifax and made their intentions known straight from the kickoff, firstly winning the ball back from the kick off to set Rovers for their first attack. Strong running second rower Sam Whitehouse did the damage close to the line hitting a crash ball to open Rovers tally in the opening minute, Chris Hill added the first of the afternoons conversions.
Rovers went on to further their tally only 5 minutes later when Chris Hill finished a self converted score after good set up work up by brother Phil Hill and evergreen Stan Smith.
Sharlston were in command of the game at this point but with a 12 point lead started to play too expansive for the quagmire conditions. On the half hour mark full back Richard Hatfield got in on the action linking in with good play from Andy Gallagher, Hill again goaling to take Rovers buffer to 18 as the teams went into the interval.
Rovers hoped to open the second period like the first but were held resolutely by the battling hosts and were rewarded when Rovers spilt the ball over the hosts line and the Greetland picked up and raced the length of the field to score what would be their only score.
On the hour mark Whitehouse crossed for his second of the afternoon to round off a good performance for the young second rower. Hill again goaled to give the visitors a 20 point cushion. With 6 minutes remaining Rovers kept on going at the Halifax outfit and hooker Phil Golec closed the victory with try from acting half, C.Hill signing off with 100% attempts at goal in blustery conditions.
P.A Heating sponsored Man of the match was stand off Phil Hill who was pushed close by Hatfield, Whitehouse and C.Hill.
This coming weekend Rovers A will be hosting Stanley Rangers A in the Physiowise Cup semi final, kick off 2pm. Sharlston will be hoping to make entry into the final and put right the disappointment from losing last years final in the dying minutes to the hands of now defunct Kettlethorpe.