Rovers A' progress with record topping victory
Sharlston Rovers A .. 80
New Earswick All Blacks A .. 4
Pennine Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy
Rovers progressed through to an Andrew Bennett trophy quarter final home tie against Selby and posted their highest ever total in a fourteen try romp against a seriously understrength York based New Earswick All Blacks A.
Hatfield’s kick return in Rovers 1st set saw him race 75 yards to score quickly followed by Hampshire’s 1st of four when P Hill’s cut out ball caught the defence out, Chris Hill successful with both conversions then scoring a try of his own following another good ball from P Hill.
The Rovers defence well marshalled by palmer Woodward and Lahr was in a no nonsense mood and the visitors were restricted to limited opportunities in the Rovers half of the field.
The returning Booth scored a neat try on 20 minutes with the score now a point a minute and Hampshire notched his 2nd on 23 minutes. Debutant Johnson then notched his 1st score with a strong run and Phil Hill got in on the scoring with a good solo try.
Two tries in 3 minutes from Hampshire saw Rovers hit the 50 point mark with Hill notching 12 of the 14 conversion attempts over. Bond went close following a well-rehearsed scrum move and Rovers could have notched a couple more before Booth scored his 2nd with a remarkable 50 yard solo run to the line leaving the defence clutching at thin air.
Hatfield completed the 1st half scoring with his 2nd after another excellent long range run.
Rovers eased off in the 2nd period and to their credit the York outfit kept plugging away and were rewarded with a four point score after 45 minutes when sloppy defence out wide left a huge gap for the visiting centre to crash through.
Rovers came back and Edwards latched onto Gallagher’s neat ball to score a good try with Whitehouse getting his name on the score sheet when completing a well worked move to score under the posts.
Johnson romped over for his 2nd of the day with C Hill converting to complete the afternoons scoring.
In a one sided romp the best for Rovers were Hampshire, both Hill’s and Hatfield with Gallagher taking the Boomerang bar sponsored man of the match award.
Rovers despite the one sided score line will know they can improve on this performance and they now look like a very determined and accomplished outfit.
Next game sees Rovers away at Bradford based rivals Odsal Sedbergh where they will be expecting a much tougher encounter as games between these 2 sides are usually close affairs.
Players meet at 12-00pm at the clubhouse. Kick off 2-30 pm