Second half fightback couldnt rescue Odsal points
Odsal Sedbergh .. 18
Sharlston Rovers A .. 8
Pennine Division 3
Rovers came off second best against a robust and physical Odsal side but showed a tremendous amount of character in their display. Injuries and 1st team call ups meant a weakened Rovers side knew they would be up against it from the off and a nightmare start saw them go 6 points behind after only 4 minutes leaving the young side with a big task ahead, especially when losing another player to injury in the 6th minute following a late off the ball challenge.
Rovers settled and an excellent completion rate for the remainder of the half saw them putting some intense pressure on the home line without actually crossing the whitewash. Odsal increased the lead after 28 minutes when a mistake in the Rovers defence saw a soft score under the posts but again Rovers hit back with some strong running and some good defence settling the side.
Golec and Palmer worked overtime on defence and Hill along with Hick and Hirst looked dangerous with the ball in hand. A well worked move saw Cooper put Shaw into a gap but the young winger was stopped just short. Hampshire and Grundy combined well to create chance for Hopton but again Rovers were stopped just short leaving them 12 points adrift at the break.
In the 2nd period with the warm conditions leaving both sets of players struggling Rovers were again slow off the mark and another Odsal converted score 4 minutes into the half meant Rovers were looking at a possible big defeat.
To their credit Rovers really dug in at this stage and despite running out of fit substitutes took the game to their hosts with some enterprising play, which combined with some strong running saw Rovers now controlling the match.
Hill sparked Rovers with an excellent score beating several would be defenders to the line for a score on 60 minutes and when Grundy marked his return to the side with another excellent try 5 minutes later it looked as though Rovers could get something from the match. It was not to be though as the home side upped their defence to nullify the Rovers threat and the game finished 18 v 8 despite Rovers strong efforts in the 2nd period.
In an honest hardworking team effort the best from the Rovers were Hill, Hampshire and Hirst with Golec and Hatfield sharing the Majestic Decor sponsored man of the match award.
Next game for Rovers is the Wakefield and District Physiowise sponsored Trophy final at College Grove on Sunday 8th May where Rovers will be looking to go one better than last seasonís result against Normanton Knights A. Kick off 4-00pm.