Rovers A winning run continues
Sharlston Rovers A .. 22
West Bowling A .. 6
Pennine Division 2
Rovers picked up their 6th straight win but were made to work hard by a strong and experienced West Bowling outfit. Following on from a number of excellent recent performances Rovers were full of confidence and took the game to the visitors from the off scoring the opening try of the day after 6 minutes when Czech international Buben broke through a slight gap to race 30 metres to the line, Hill converting.
Bowling showed in the reverse fixture they are a determined outfit when they pushed Rovers all the way and battled their way back into the match with some strong runs but the Rovers defence well marshalled by Edwards, Timms and Stubbs held firm with some good support from Hatfield and Backhouse.
The end to end play continued and Rovers again came back strongly with Wood and Bond making good inroads into the home territory and they were well supported by Reville and Hatfield. Rovers had some good chances with ball in hand but all too often their eagerness led to a stray final ball or the wrong option was taken. Hampshire went close to scoring and Lingard was unlucky not to notch a try when only a desperate cover tackle denied him at the corner.
Bowling reduced the arrears when the classy young scrum half darted through a gap to offload and see his winger cross out wide after 30 minutes and they were level 4 minutes later when a penalty for offside was slotted over to give them some hope for the 2nd period.
That was to be the last time they troubled the scoreboard operator however as the 2nd period started in the same free flowing way as the 1st with both sides having chances, Rovers through Edwards and Bond before Rovers took control and Hatfield showed excellent support from Bubenís good break to score his 1st try on 46 minutes.
Rovers had Wood, Stubbs and Backhouse in fine form on defence and good support from Hatfield and Timms ensured the visitors were kept pinned deep in their own half well away from the Rovers line for most of the 2nd period. Roverís territorial and possessional advantage paid off when Buben again showed his strength and pace to score his 2nd of the day on 58 minutes, Hill converting to give Rovers a comfortable advantage.
Backhouse made an excellent break from deep in his own half and he offloaded to the supporting Medforth who was stopped just inches short of the line with Lahr also unlucky not to score following good work by Gallagher and Whitehouse. Rovers wrapped up the scoring when Hatfield showed his pace to outstrip the cover defence for his 2nd try, Hill again tagging on the extras to give Rovers a hard fought 22 v 6 victory.
Rovers steely defence paved the way for the win as they took the points from this tough but good spirited encounter.
In a very good team effort the best from Rovers were Timms, Hatfield, Hill and Stubbs with Backhouse taking the Boomerang Bar sponsored man of the match award.
Rovers have another home league match this Sat 10-12-11 when they face Rivals Kippax Welfare where the youngsters will be looking to avenge an early season defeat. Players meet at 12-45 am at the club house, 2-00pm kick off