Rovers A book place in Physiowise final
Sharlston Rovers A 26 v 10 Stanley Rangers A
Rovers booked their place in this seasonís Physiowise Trophy final and extended their unbeaten run to 6 games with an excellent hard fought victory against old rivals from across the city Stanley Rangers A.
It has been some time since these two sides played each other and both teams were determined from the off to gain the upper hand. Rovers started well and set the platform for the day with a good opening set putting pressure on the visitorís line. Good work from Hatfield and Edwards saw Whitehouse go close before Golec put Palmer through and he also went close.
Quick hands from P Hill and Cooper put Shaw in for the opening score after 6 minutes to give Rovers the start they were looking for. Both sides defended well over the next 10 minutes with Timms and Gallagher leading the way for the home side, well supported by Golec and Palmer. Rovers extended their lead when Phil Hill put Chris Hill through a mighty gap and he crossed for a self converted score on 17 minutes.
Stanley regrouped and hard work with Nichol, Howcroft and Brown leading the way saw them go close through Lord and Padgett before Nichol capitalised on a Rovers mistake to score, Karadzic converting and the game was wide open at this stage.
Rovers gradually took control again with Smith and P Hill running the show for the home side allowing Gallagher and Golec to exploit gaps in the hard worked Stanley defence. Phil Hill again combined with Brother Chris and the latter crashed over just before the interval for another self converted score to give Rovers a well deserved 10 point lead at the break.
Rovers started the 2nd period in good form and went close through Dodson and Hirst after some good approach work by Kelly and Reville. A well worked move saw Golec send Smith crashing over the whitewash on 50 minutes to extend the Rovers lead and further good work from Golec saw Dodson almost scoring.
Stanley reduced the arrears on the hour mark when the hard working Miller scored an unconverted try.
Rovers steadied the nerves with a Hill penalty goal following Hatfield being fouled when he looked like scoring and wrapped up a hard fought but well deserved victory when influential scrum half P Hill darted over from close range.
Rangers never gave up the cause and Lord and Nichol led their team well but it was a jubilant Rovers side that were celebrating at the final whistle.
In an extremely good team effort the best from the Rovers were Hatfield, Golec and P Hill with Dodson taking the Alarm and Security Services Sponsored man of the match award for his all round display.
Next game is Away v high flying Dudley Hill A Sat 19-02-11 KO 2-30pm where Rovers will be looking to avenge an early season loss.
Players meet at 12-30am at the clubhouse.