Rovers have West Craven nightmare
Sharlston Rovers A 16
West Craven Warriors 24
Pennine Division 3
Rovers came off second best in this division 3 encounter against an enthusiastic and determined West Craven side. Rovers started extremely slowly and paid the price when the visitors broke through weak defending to register a converted score after only 4 minutes. This set the tone for the day as Rovers struggled to keep pace with the visitors in the searing heat.
Craven posted another converted score with a similar passage of play leading to a try in the corner after 12 minutes and Rovers were looking well out of sorts at this stage with the Warriors exploiting gaps in the defence and poor decision making from the Rovers. Sharlston realised they were up against it and battled their way back into the game with some good work by Golec and Hill laying the foundations and Gallagher and Timms combining well on attack.
Simon Reville was rewarded for his strong running with a try on 22 minutes and Rovers then hit a purple patch with good work from Hick and Kavanagh seeing Hopton stopped just short of the line. Reville notched his 2nd score of the day when latching onto Gallaghers well timed pass, Hill converting to put Rovers 2 points behind after 30 minutes.
Rovers took the lead when Cooper and Hill combined to send Hampshire in at the corner with Hill converting and at the break Rovers were looking like they had weathered the opening storm and had now taken control of the match.
A nightmare start to the 2nd half from the Rovers saw the visitors level the score after 45 minutes and from then on the game was more or less even with both sides guilty of spilt possession and poor defence until the closing quarter when the visitors took the lead with a try following some sloppy defensive effort from Rovers.
Rovers tried hard to get back level but the wrong options often taken and the panic style rugby meant they were facing an uphill battle. West Craven wrapped up the points they deserved with a try in the dying seconds following yet another mistake from the Rovers.
Rovers were well beaten on the day and will be left to reflect on just where they went wrong in a game they should have fared better in.
Best for the home side in a mixed showing were Hill, Hampshire and S Reville with P Golec taking the Alarm and Security Services sponsored man of the match award for another nonstop effort.
Next game is away to Bradford based rivals Odsal Sedbergh Sat 30-04-11 2-30pm Kick off, where Rovers will be looking to put this setback behind them. Players meet at 12-15 at the clubhouse, bus leaves 12-45pm