Close affair as Rovers pick up first away win
West Bowling A 14 v 19 Sharlston Rovers A
West Bowling A .. 14
Sharlston Rovers A .. 19
Rovers picked up their 1st away win of the season but were made to work hard by a strong and experienced West Bowling outfit. Following on from 2 excellent performances Rovers were full of confidence but suffered an early setback when the home side capitalised on a mistake and score an unconverted try after 3 minutes.
Rovers are now a resilient side however and hit back going close through Stubbs and Lingard before Shaw levelled matters when he latched onto Hillís neat ball to score in the corner after 9 minutes. The visitors then put the hosts under some intense pressure and both Lahr and Woodward were unlucky not to score with Timms crossing but the effort was ruled out for an alleged infringement.
Following some good work by Wood and Hatfield Rovers took the lead on 21 minutes when Czech international Buben showed his strength to crash over but Bowling took the lead 5 minutes later when a long range score was converted to give them a 2 point advantage at the half hour mark.
The end to end play continued and Rovers again came back strongly with Wood and Palmer making good inroads into the home territory and they were well supported by Edwards and Hatfield. After going close on a number of occasions Rovers were rewarded 2 minutes from the interval when strong running forward Hirst crashed over and Hill converted to give them a 4 point cushion at the break.
The 2nd period started in the same free flowing way as the 1st with both sides having chances, Rovers through Edwards and Bond before Bowling levelled matters on 45 minutes when taking advantage of a mix up in the defence and the game then became an arm wrestle as both sides were reluctant to give the other any advantage, Rovers had Wood, Stubbs and Backhouse in fine form on defence and good support from Hatfield and Shaw ensured the home side were kept well away from the visitors line.
Bowling had the same idea however and Rovers were in the same position with the game played in the middle of the park for long periods with neither side able to break the strong defences.
With time pushing on both teams had the usual drop goal efforts with a couple of dreadful attempts leaving the ball deep in the local farmers field, and Hatfield saw his attempt hit the crossbar before Gallagher gave Rovers the lead, keeping his composure to slot over a 1 pointer from 25 yards out and with 5 minutes left on the clock.
Bowling put everything into attack and desperately tried to level the score line but with 2 minutes remaining Backhouse broke from within his own half and raced 55 yards to score the match winning effort. Bowling had just 1 more opportunity with ball in hand but Rovers steely defence held firm and they took all the points from this tough but good spirited encounter.
In a very good team effort the best from Rovers were Shaw, Hatfield, Backhouse and Stubbs with Whitehouse taking the Boomerang Bar sponsored man of the match award.
Rovers take a break from league matters with an Andrew Bennet 1st round cup tie away to Halifax based Greetland all rounderís next Sat, 19-11-11.
Players meet at 11-45 am at the club house, bus leaves 12-15 for a 2-00pm kick off