Rovers A lose winning run
Boothtown Terriers .. 30
Sharlston Rovers A .. 18
Pennine Division 2
Rovers dropped both points here against a strong Halifax based Boothtown Terriers outfit who had several new arrivals in their side in a game that Rovers could and should have won.
Following on from last week’s layoff, Sharlston were put under pressure by the home side that scored only 2 minutes in following a mistake by Rovers on their first set. Boothtown kept up the pressure and only strong defence from Golec and Backhouse kept the line intact on the next defensive set from Rovers.
Rovers gradually worked their way back into the game where despite fielding players out of position owing to 1st team call ups they started to show why they are one of the better sides in this division.
Good work from Phil Hill led to Rovers taking the lead when his neat short ball found sibling Chris who crashed over for a self converted score on 18 minutes. Rovers were unlucky not to increase the lead 4 minutes later when P Hill burst through a gap and darted for the line only to have the ball dislodged in the act of scoring by the desperate tackle from the home full back.
Hatfield and Edwards combined well to send Reville through a gap and he was stopped short and Hirst was unlucky not to get over the line following good work from Bond and Timms.
On the half hour mark Boothtown took the lead when a mistake from Rovers on the 2nd tackle in their own quarter and a couple of missed tackles saw the home side score a 6 pointer under the posts. Boothtown extended their lead with another try just before the half time interval which gave Rovers a steep task for the 2nd period.
The opening 15 minutes of the 2nd period saw Rovers work hard to pin the home side back in their own half and several times they were unlucky not to score as Hatfield was stopped short of the line and both Whitehouse and Hampshire went agonisingly close before C Hill scored a self converted try on 49 minutes following excellent work from Woodward and Gallagher
Rovers then let the home side back into the game with some uncharacteristic mistakes and missed tackles leading to 2 tries, 1 converted in the 55th and 65th minute to leave Rovers 12 points adrift going into the final 10 minutes.
They gave themselves a lifeline when excellent work from Backhouse and Wood allowed Whitehouse the chance to crash over with C Hill tagging on the extras. Rovers threw everything at the home line in an attempt to restore parity but as is often the case too much emphasis on scoring led to a couple of costly mistakes and as the home side got closer to the Rovers line a lapse in concentration saw Boothtown wrap up the points with a soft try from the acting half back.
In a mixed team effort the best from the Rovers were Backhouse, Golec, Hatfield and Woodward with P Hill taking the Boomerangs sponsored man of the match award.
Next game for Rovers is the 7th January away at local rivals Wakefield City in the semi final of the Wakefield and District Talbot and Falcon sponsored trophy.