Selby shatter Semi final dreams
Sharlston Rovers A .. 4
Selby Warriors .. 20
Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy - Quarter Final
Roverís hopes of any Andrew Bennett trophy success were shattered by a strong Selby outfit that were in control from the outset with Rovers finishing 2nd best on the day.
Rovers took the field full of confidence following some recent good performances and an early season victory against the visitors, with early action seeing both sides showing strong defence with C Hill, Golec and Palmer leading the way for the home side keeping the visitors out on 2 occasions with some good scrambling defence.
Selby broke the line on 12 minutes for a converted score and almost doubled the lead 2 minutes later when only a last gasp effort from Hatfield and Booth kept the line clear. Selby were making the most of some poor ball retention from the Rovers and went close again before scoring a 4 pointer on 25 minutes. Rovers realised they had to settle to stay in this game and slowly they started to make inroads into the Selby half of the field with some good approach work from Gallagher and P Hill and some strong running from Booth, Holmes and Lahr saw the home side going close.
Hatfield was always a threat with the ball and Hirst and Holmes supported well as Rovers started to claw their way back into the match. After a period of sustained pressure Rovers thought they had scored when Booth crossed but the try was ruled out, then Golec and Bond went close but as is often the case when a side is pushing for a score the visitors broke away and scored a crucial converted try right on half time to leave Rovers with a big ask in the 2nd period.
Rovers started the 2nd half brightly and with a much improved completion rate started to pressure the visitorís line with Hatfield and Hampshire going close. Whitehouse crashed over for an unconverted try after 52 minutes with Rovers looking like they could salvage the game at this stage, however injuries to key players and and enforced reshuffle saw Roverís struggling with their attacking options and Selby were effectively home and dry when they scored another 4 pointer on 64 minutes.
As hard as Rovers tried they could not make any further impression on the Selby line as the game gradually played out for a Selby victory. Rovers will take some positives from the match as there were some good performances from individuals but as a team effort the 1st half showing was below the usual Rovers standard.
Best for the home side were Holmes, C Hill and Booth with full back Hatfield taking the Boomerangís bar sponsored man of the match award for an excellent effort on the day.
Rovers will be looking for a much improved performance in the next game as they travel to high flying and at present unbeaten league leaders Thornhill Trojans where they will be looking to upset the former conference side.
Players meet at 12-15 am at the club house, bus leaves 12-45 for a 2-30pm kick off