Rovers rewarded with Bulls semi final tie.
Ashton Bears .. 14
Sharlston Rovers .. 27
BARLA Champions of Champions
Sharlston Rovers progress to the semi final stages of the champion of champions competition and are rewarded with a home ties versus Bank Quay Bulls.
Sharlston go through to take on the Lancashire cup holders after beating Ashton Bears 27-14 but it took an improved second half effort to take victory as Ashton entered the interval ahead 8-4.
Visitors Sharlston got on the board first when Alex Muff crossed in the corner, but Ashton hit back almost immediately when Chris Rothwell jinked through the Rovers defence, with Matt Melling adding the extras to go in front. Melling furthered the hosts lead adding a penalty goal, Rovers worked hard to pull back level but failed to finish off some excellent field possession.
The second half started no better than the first left off when stand off Rothwell crossed for his second score of the afternoon, Melling improved this effort also to go 10 points clear.
Sharlston pushed on to begin the comeback and 3 minutes later reduced the arrears with loose forward Craig Miles showing his strength to score, Matty Bell added the goal. Almost straight after Rovers crossed for the equalising score from Jonathan Waddle, but Bell couldn’t improve to go in front, although Bell later added a penalty attempt to take the lead.
The magic continued with Rovers looking more like their formidable selves. when Craig Miles crossed to complete his brace. With a ten minute, 16 point blitz coming to a close Miles added the drop goal that meant Ashton would need more than a converted score to be back in it.
A minute from time Ravensport sponsored Man of the Match Kevin Dickens finished the tie with try under the sticks with the Ashton defence holding off waiting for the offloads that gained Rovers field possession through most the match.
It now comes to the time of year when Rovers prepare for the start of their run-in which the team have come accustomed to. Rovers host Drighlington this coming Saturday with a 2.30 kick off before a midweek tie the following Wednesday when Queensbury make the journey for a 7pm kick off.