Discipline costs Rovers points at Kippax
Kippax Welfare 22
Sharlston Rovers A 18
Rovers dropped both points here against a strong Kippax side in a game they could and should have won.
Following on from a 2 week layoff, Rovers were put under pressure by the home side and only strong defence from Golec and Marson kept the line intact in the opening moments. Rovers gradually settled and an excellent completion rate saw them work their way up the field and going close through Medforth. An excellent final play kick from Maskill after 10 minutes saw Stubs crash over for the opening score with Hill converting to give Rovers the lead.
Kippax again came back strongly but the defence well marshalled by Smith, Palmer and Gallagher held firm against some strong running from the home side. A rare mistake from the Rovers saw the host post an unconverted hotly disputed score after 18 minutes but from then until the interval it was all Rovers.
The visitors worked hard on defence to restrict the home side chances and ensured they completed their sets to finish at the right end of the field throughout the half. Gallagher, Golec and Shaw all went close to increasing the lead before Jan Buben’s weaving run resulted in a good try on the half hour mark, Hill again adding the extras. Rovers were well in control at this stage and at half time looked good value for their lead.
Uncharacteristic mistakes, missed tackles and ill discipline was the Rovers downfall as the opening 10 minutes of the 2nd period saw the home side capitalise with 2 tries to give them a lead they would not relinquish. Rovers tried hard to get back into the game but the rot had set in and further mistakes coupled with poor discipline and some extremely frustrating decisions saw the home side increase the lead to 10 points with 15 minutes remaining.
Rovers rallied and the final quarter saw them camped in the home half but all too often the final play let them down. Stubbs and Shaw went close as did Medforth and Maskill but the home defence held firm until Gallagher broke through and his neat foot work saw him score under the posts with Hill converting to set up a grandstand finale. Stubs broke through and was held just short with Shaw’s excellent kick on the last play almost leading to a score for Golec but as much as Rovers pummelled the home line their eagerness all too often led to poor decision making and poor ball control as they chased the game winning score.
Kippax were visibly relieved at the full time whistle and Rovers will be left wondering how they could lose a game they were in control of for big periods.
In a mixed team effort the best from the Rovers were Stubbs, Medforth, Shaw and Hill with Gallagher taking the Edna Hill sponsored man of the match award.
Next game sees Rovers at home to Halifax based rivals Boothtown Terriers where Rovers will be looking to bounce back from this defeat. Players meet at 1-00pm at the clubhouse for a 2-30 kick off.