Baptism of fire for young Rovers
Selby Warriors .. 60
Sharlston Rovers A .. 4
Pennine Division 2
A severely under strength young Rovers outfit were given a harsh lesson in their opening Division 2 encounter against a very strong Selby side. Fielding 4 debutants, 3 of those under 17, Rovers started well and the opening 15 minutes gave no indication of what was to follow as a gritty and determined performance from Rovers showed some promise.
Good work from Hampshire and Marson saw debutant Medforth go close early on and Gallagher combined well with Hill to give another new boy Woodward a good run. Selby opened the scoring on 16 minutes when exploiting the flanks and offloading well to score a try that against set the pattern for the rest of the 1st period.
As hard the visitors tried early in the tackle count the much bigger and vastly more experienced home side seemed to find a way through on tackle 5 or 6 and for a 15 minute period ran in tries almost at will.
After 30 minutes the determined Rovers youngsters dug deep and kept the hosts out until the break with some excellent scrambling defence and even had a couple of chances of their own, with another debutant Lingard harshly judged to be offside when chasing Hill's kick through and Golec went close when supporting Edwards good break.
Rovers again started the 2nd period well with a renewed determination and upped their defence to another level, Woodward, Reville and Gallagher leading the way with some excellent tackling well supported by Hatfield, Golec and Marson.
After 46 minutes Rovers were rewarded when excellent work from Hill and Hampshire forced an error and on the next set following good approach play from Cooper and Joe Whitehouse, Gallagher’s neat kick saw Medforth show his pace and the youngster scored a well deserved try in the corner. Selby then had another good period where every offload seemed to find a willing runner and Rovers were struggling again to hold the rampaging home side.
Scoring tries at a regular interval in the middle part of the half saw them run up a 60 point total. Rovers kept working hard showing some real determination none more so than when half a dozen Rovers youngsters drove the big home side prop back 20 yards to show they still had a burning pride in their display.
Despite the one sided score line Rovers will take some positives from the outing and providing they learn from this experience should have enough character to bounce back from this set back in what could be a tough division. In a determined team effort the best from the Rovers were Medforth, Gallagher and Marson with Hampshire taking the Motor city Motorists Centre sponsored man of the match award.
Next game should be another tough encounter away against Brighouse Rangers KO 2-30pm. Players meet at 12-15pm at the clubhouse.