Rovers A find improvement but struggle in new division
Brighouse Rangers .. 40
Sharlston Rovers A .. 4
Pennine Division 2
Rovers tough start to the season continued but the final score line does not reflect the effort put in by the still severely under strength young Rovers outfit. Despite losing 3 players before setting off Rovers started well and the opening 15 minutes was a very even contest with Rovers matching the hosts blow for blow and going close through Hill and Hampshire.
Brighouse hit the front when a blatant forward pass was missed by the official and the home side raced in at the corner. Rovers hit back and Cooper was unlucky not to score when supporting Gallagher’s good break. Brighouse extended the lead on 20 minutes when they reacted fastest to a loose ball to score a converted try under the posts.
The determined Rovers youngsters dug deep and some excellent defence form Marson and Golec well supported by Edwards and Woodward ensured the Rovers line was kept intact until the break with Rovers also unlucky not to register any points on the board after some good work from Golec and Hill saw Reville and Smith both go close.
Rovers gain 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 line was breached when a mistake saw the hosts’ race in from 20 yards. Rovers again tried hard and the next 10 minutes saw some good rugby played by the visitors before another mistake led to a converted try on 56 minutes to put the home side 22 points up.
Rovers were rewarded on the hour mark when good pressure led to a repeat set and they scored a try through Hirst, Hill successful with the near touchline conversion to give the visitors confidence going into the closing stages.
Rovers put pressure on the home line and Dodson made a good break but could not get the ball to the supporting Lingard while Smith was stopped inches short of the line following Hampshire’s god break. As is often the case after a good period of Rovers pressure Brighouse capitalised on a mistake and the home full back raced 70 metres to score under the posts and break the resistance of the young Rovers side with the first of 3 scores in the closing 10 minutes for the home side to give the score line a flattering one sided look.
So another tough day for the young Rovers outfit but the result they will again take some positives from the outing and the hard working display put in.
In a much improved and determined team effort the best from the Rovers were Edwards, Hirst and Golec with Hill taking the Alarm and Security services sponsored man of the match award.
Next game sees Rovers at home for the 1st time this season against Bradford based rivals Wyke, KO 2-30pm. Players meet at 12-45pm at the clubhouse.