Rovers bounce back with Terrier win
Sharlston Rovers A 36
Boothtown Terriers 12
Pennine Division 2
Rovers bounced back from last week’s disappointing result with an emphatic 8 try demolition of Halifax based rivals Boothtown Terriers.
Previous encounters between these two sides have usually been tight affairs and the opening exchanges were tense with neither team wanting to concede an early score.
Rovers went close through Hatfield following a scrum move involving P Hill and Gallagher. The visitors gained good field position following a penalty and they took the lead on 7 minutes with a converted score. Rovers hit back and reduced the deficit on 10 minutes when Medforth scored out wide after some excellent footwork.
Both sides settled with some good defence restricting chances, Rovers were well led by the returning Bailey and Chris Hill. Boothtown then pulled further in front when the elusive standoff burst through for a self converted try on 26 minutes.
Rovers worked hard with some strong running from Lahr and Woodward putting the visitors under pressure which allowed Shaw and Hatfield to both go close after some excellent weaving runs. Sharlston scored a 2nd try when Edwards latched onto P Hill’s excellent ball to cross for a deserved 4 pointer. Rovers were now taking control and they levelled matters in the last minute of the half again through Medforth’s clever footwork and some strong running from Stubbs.
The 2nd half started in the same fashion with Rovers dominant from the off but this time they started to convert pressure into points with an early score for Medforth who completed his hat trick after some good work from Gallagher. Rovers defence was back to its best and some excellent tackles from C Hill, Palmer and Stubbs kept the visitors pinned in their own half, with some good support from Smith and both Revilles.
Another long break from Hatfield on 50 minutes resulted in a deserved try for the full back as Rovers superior fitness now started to pay dividends. Rovers went close through Buben and Lahr with Smith and Shaw both unlucky not to score before Woodward showed real determination when crashing through 4 would be defenders and stretching out for the line for his 1st try for the club.
A well rehearsed move saw Chris Hill next over the line for a fine try when he reacted quickest to brother Phil’s clever kick through, with Gallagher tagging on the extras and the same combination saw C Hill notch his 2nd score in the final minute with Gallagher again converting to close out the days scoring.
Rovers despite the one sided score line will know they can improve on this performance and they now look like a very determined outfit. In a very good team effort the best from the Rovers were Shaw, Hatfield and C Hill with Woodward taking the Boomerangs Bar sponsored man of the match award.
Next game sees Rovers at home to early season pace setters Selby Raiders where they will be looking to avenge a first day loss.
Players meet at 12-30pm at the clubhouse for a 2-00pm kick off
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