Rovers do just enough to take Vics win
Sharlston Rovers A .. 24
Victoria Rangers .. 18
Pennine Division 3
Rovers put in a lacklustre performance against struggling Bradford based rivals Victoria Rangers just doing enough to secure the points. Losing 4 key players to 1st team duties did not help Rovers cause but throughout the afternoon Rovers failed to push on from recent encouraging displays.
A poor start saw Rovers lose possession on 2 of their 3 opening sets before composing themselves and a good break from Palmer saw Bailey in support with his neat offload putting Hatfield over for the opening try on 8 minutes, Hill converting.
The stop start feel to the game continued with Rovers again guilty of poor ball control allowing Rangers a way back into the match with only good defence from Timms and Golec keeping the line intact. Rangers levelled the score on 20 minutes capitalising on a Rovers mistake with Rovers then losing 2 players to injury after a clash of heads leading to a major reshuffle in the side. Rovers seemed to be trying to score whenever they had the ball in hand and several chances went begging as they forced the play when not necessary.
Hill broke through and his good vision saw Cooper break away leading tom a try for Hampshire to give Rovers the advantage once again on 28 minutes. Rangers hit back and almost scored from a break before taking the lead on 36 minutes with a soft try under the posts after some sloppy defending gave them an opening.
Rovers were guilty of forcing the play all too often in the first period and this continued at the start of the 2nd half with chance after chance going begging. Rovers took the lead on 49 minutes when Hill crossed the line out wide but again the errors continued with Rangers happy to accept the possession on the back of Rovers mistakes.
The visitors took the lead on the hour mark when Rovers again coughed up the ball following a risky passage of play deep inside their own half and it was only then that Rovers realised they could end up losing this match.
A more determined attitude from the home side in the final quarter saw Rovers putting some intense pressure on the Rangers line and they were rewarded when Hatfield scored his 2nd of the day following some good work by Timms and Bailey close to the line, Hill converting to give Rovers a slender 2 point lead with 10 minutes to go.
Rovers wrapped up the points when the evergreen Bailey crashed over with 4 minutes to go and Rovers secured a victory they just about deserved.
In a somewhat indifferent display the best on show for Rovers were Hampshire, Pajor and Timms with Bailey taking the Majestic Decor sponsored man of the match award.
Rovers will need to up their game for the next game away against old rivals Odsal Sedbergh which should be a much tougher encounter with both sides looking for a top 4 finish in the league.
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