Cup Rout Shows Dent on Rovers Metal
Sharlston Rovers ..22
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers still aching from the midweek cup final victory over Crigglestone came into the big annual game hosting Drighlington without key personnel but it didnít show to start as they went 12-0 a head with Carl Saville and Gareth Davies going over, Davies and Craig Miles improving one of the efforts.
Rovers unlucky with a Andy Fisher score ruled continued the nightmare with a ten minute spell that brought Drighlington back level for the interval, with loose forward Lee Mulhearn bossing Drigís attack to cross for 2 unconverted scores. The third and equalising try came from wingman Ben Kerr who managed to twist out of the tackle before controversially grounding out wide.
From the restart Rovers began to repair the damage with Jonathan Waddle busting the defence down the line but Drighlington soon hit back with a penalty conversion from Michael Sanderson to put them within 2 points. Drighlington took the lead when Ben Kerr finished a fine break latching onto a level pass to go over under the sticks, Sanderson converting.
The hosts hit back on the hour mark with Craig Miles proving as always to much for the defence to score the equalising try before Davies added the goal to put them 2 points a head. The 2 point lead wasnít to be enough though as Drighlington came on the offensive in the last 20 and with lack lustre defence, Rovers allowed Steve Gallager to cross before Mulhearn completed his hat trick and Sanderson converting a goal and penalty conversion to seal the victory.
With all hopes of league champions out of the window with Irish sealing the title with a win against Keighley Albion, Rovers will look for more cup success with a home tie in the semi final of the BARLA champion of champions verses Bank Quay Bulls.
The Warrington opposition who Rovers beat last season in the National Cup are flying high unbeaten in the North West Counties premier and are current holders of the Lancashire cup so its all set up for a great crowd that should attract many neutrals for the 2.30 kick off.
Rovers who will come into the game having hosted Queensbury midweek will continue with their formidable run in, having to travel to Drighlington the following Wednesday for a 7pm kick off.
Players Missing : Lee Maskill (unavailable), Kevin Dickens (Injured), Steve Hall (Injured), Matty Bell (unavailable)