Early finish takes gloss off A'team win
Greetland All Rounders .. 4
Sharlston Rovers A .. 34
Pennine Andrew Bennett Memorial
Rovers were shown the dark side of rugby league in this Andrew Bennet 1st round tie at very physical Halifax based Greetland All Rounders. Following on from 3 excellent performances Rovers were full of confidence and despite the home sides early enthusiasm weathered the opening storm to keep their line intact with some excellent defence.
The visitors then put the hosts under some intense pressure and both Lahr and Richardson were unlucky not to score before Lingard latched onto Medforth’s neat ball to score in the corner on 16 minutes.
Following some good work by Milburn and Hatfield Rovers went close through Stubbs, with Gallagher making a good break but unable to get a pass to Shaw who was in a good position to score. Rovers increased the lead on 25 minutes when popular Czech international David Lahr crashed over from Hill’s short ball for his 1st try for the club, Hill tagging on the extras.
Rovers were in good form at this stage and the hosts had no legal answer to the pace and skill of the young Sharlston outfit who continue to improve by the game. Hatfield went close and Woodward was stopped short before Buben showed his power to burst through a small gap and score on 35 minutes, Hill converting.
Whitehouse broke and went close with Edwards also unlucky not to cross as the Rovers enjoyed an 80% completion rate in the 1st period. Shaw then scored one of his trademark tries picking up a kick inside his own half and easily beating the chasing defenders to round the full and score under the posts on 39 minutes to round off an excellent 1st period for the visitors who led 22 v 0 at the interval.
There had been signs however as what was to follow as the home team became increasingly frustrated at the nonstop work rate, enthusiasm and pace of the young Rovers players and resorted to some unsavoury tactics behind play and at the play the ball area.
The 2nd period showed no sign of let up from the visitors as time and again they turned the home side around making them work hard just to get out of their own half with some superb kicking from Hill and Gallagher and some excellent defence well led by Palmer, Whitehouse and Hirst.
After going close on a number of occasions Rovers were rewarded on 48 minutes when strong running saw Buben crashing over for his 2nd score of the day and Hill converted to put the result of the game beyond any doubt.
Stubbs and Lingard combined well to almost score and Stubbs again broke but was unable to find the supporting Hill and Medforth before Richardson capped a fine debut with a try on 58 minutes following a strong run from 20 metres out knocking several would be defenders from his path in the process.
Greetland’s frustration boiled over on a couple of occasions as they tried to intimidate the Rovers youngsters and the home side were rewarded with an unconverted score on 66 minutes when switching play caught the Rovers stretched out wide.
Another incident followed and when on 75 minutes the home side lost all self control the referee decided he had seen enough and called an early halt to the day’s rugby.
In an excellent team effort the best from Rovers were Shaw, Hatfield, Medforth and Hill with Richardson taking the Boomerang Bar sponsored man of the match award.
Rovers take another break from league matters with their annual trip to local rivals Ryhill Hammers in the Wakefield and District Talbot and Falcon sponsored 1st round cup tie next Sat, 26-11-11. Players meet at 12-15- am at the club house, bus leaves 12-45 for a 2-00pm kick off