First half try fest saves Selby comeback
Sharlston Rovers A .. 32
Selby Warriors .. 28
Rovers followed on from last week’s excellent victory with another superb display against high flying Selby Warriors to avenge an opening day loss with a deserved 6 try victory. This was definitely a game of two halves with Rovers on the attack all the 1st and defending most of the 2nd.
Despite losing key players prior to kick off Rovers took the field full of confidence after recent improved displays and immediately put pressure on the visitor’s line with Lingard unlucky not to score after some good work from Buben.
Selby withstood the early pressure and following back to back sets crossed the line for a converted score on 10 minutes against the run of play. Rovers were playing with some style and were again unlucky not to score through Reville from the restart after some good approach work by Gallagher and Backhouse.
The scores were level on 18 minutes when Stubbs showed his power and pace to crash over with Gallagher converting the difficult touchline effort. Then came as good a try as will be seen at Rovers all season with Gallagher’s clever chip over finding the impressive Medforth who raced through and despite a desperate cover tackle managed to offload to the supporting Shaw to give Rovers the lead, increased by Gallagher again.
Rovers were on fire now and only desperate defence kept out Marson and Edwards and the rampaging run of Lahr before Woodward crashed over for a converted try after some good approach work from Smith. More good work from the forwards gave Gallagher an opening and he put Shaw through a huge gap for his 2nd try of the day and the young winger completed his hat trick when leaving his opposite number clutching at thin air as he sped through the narrowest of spaces to score out wide.
That was 5 tries scored in a devastating 15 minute period to leave Rovers in a commanding position approaching the break. Selby hit back with a long range effort with 3 minutes remaining but an excellent kick off saw Rovers regain possession and Stubbs again showed his strength to crash over on the last play with Gallagher successful with his 4th conversion of the half to give Rovers a half time advantage of 32 v 12.
If the 1st half was all about excellent and stylish attacking play for the Rovers they then showed they have a steely determination in the 2nd period with some real backs to the wall defending as the one time league leaders sought to reduce the arrears.
2 tries in the opening 10 minutes of the half gave the visitors a glimmer of hope but the Rovers defence well led by debutants Wood and Backhouse along with Marson and Reville stemmed the tide Big hits from the forwards and some excellent rear guard defending kept the line intact until the hour mark when Rovers switched off following a quick tap penalty and were punished and the visitors were within striking distance at only 8 points adrift.
The next 18 minutes saw Rovers character come to the fore with Bond, Wood and Backhouse all showing they can become an important asset to the Rovers side with impressive debuts and seasoned players like Smith and Marson showing their experience and leading by a terrific example.
Selby got within 1 score with an unconverted try with 2 minutes remaining but the clever Rovers restart ensured there was to be no heartbreak for the young Rovers side this week as they closed the game out with ease.
Rovers despite the impressive score line will know they can improve on this performance and they now look like a very determined outfit. In another excellent team effort the best from the Rovers were Marson, Backhouse and Shaw with Medforth deservedly taking the Edna Hill sponsored man of the match award.
Next game sees Rovers on their travels to Bradford based West Bowling A where the youngsters will be looking to continue the good work in this game.
Players meet at 11-45pm at the clubhouse, bus leaves at 12-15. Kick off 2-00 pm