Rovers A' return with hard earned points
Odsal Sedbergh .. 12
Sharlston Rovers A .. 24
Pennine Division Two
Rovers continued their good run of form with an excellent victory in a tough fought encounter against Bradford based old rivals Odsal Sedbergh. Games between these 2 sides are usually pretty close affairs and both teams started strongly in the very heavy conditions.
Rovers went close early when Wood was stopped short after some good work by Golec and Booth was unlucky not to score following his strong run tom the line. Odsal drew 1st blood on 12 minutes when repeat sets gave them good field position and the Rovers sliding defence was caught out.
Rovers hit back on 20 minutes when good interplay between Hill and Gallagher gave Saynor the chance and he crashed over taking 2 defenders with him, Gallagher tagging on the difficult conversion attempt.
The end to end play continued and Odsal again came back strongly down the slope and notched another 4 point score on 25 minutes with some rare sloppy defending from the Rovers at fault.
Rovers continued to work hard in the mud and gradually pushed their hosts deep into their own half as the Rovers superior fitness started to pay dividends. With the conditions getting worse by the minute Rovers made sure their ball control did not slip, playing it close and tight whereas the hosts could not complete a set giving Rovers plenty of opportunities to work their way into scoring positions.
After forcing 3 consecutive goal line drop outs the visitors were rewarded when Saynor notched his 2nd of the day after another strong run form 20 yards out skittled would be tacklers, Gallagher again successful with the conversion. Rovers were unfortunate not to add to their tally with both Marson and Woodward stopped just short as the half time break approached.
The 2nd period started in the same way as the 1st with both sides having chances, Rovers through Edwards and Palmer with Odsal pushing hard for a way back into the game, strong defence from Rovers kept them at bay with Barnett, Johnson and Medforth working hard well assisted by Golec, Marson and Whitehouse.
After a period of good pressure from Rovers Medforth broke and offloaded to the supporting Hill who calmly put Hampshire through a gap for a very good score on the hour mark. Saynor then nabbed his hat trick on 66 minutes after a superb run from 35 yards out left defenders trailing behind him.
Odsal were struggling to clear their lines and superb defence from Reville and Barnett saw the ball loose with the elusive Johnson first to react to score a deserved try on 73 minutes. Odsal had the last word when scoring out wide after a mix up following a kick but it was too little too late for them as the Rovers side closed the game out for a well-deserved victory and another 2 league points in the bag.
In a very good team effort the best from Rovers were Hatfield, Saynor and Golec with Gallagher taking the Boomerang Bar sponsored man of the match award.
Rovers are on their travels for the final time this season in the league with another trip to the Bradford area this time to face Wyke. Players meet at 12-15pm at the club house; bus leaves 12-45 for a 2-30pm kick off.