Rovers A' make hat trick of wins
Wyke .. 12
Sharlston Rovers A .. 18
Pennine Division 2
Following on from 2 excellent performances Rovers picked up the points in their final away game of the season but were made to work hard by a strong and experienced Wyke outfit.
The visitors were full of confidence and were off to a dream start when the home side put the kick off out on the full and from the resultant penalty Rovers marched up the field with Whitehouse finishing a fine move involving P Hill and Golec to put Rovers in the lead ,C Hill converting.
Good defence was required to keep Wyke out as they used the slope to their advantage with some strong runs but the Rovers line held firm with Booth hungry for work well supported by Barnett and Shaw. Rovers looked strong at this stage with the game flowing between both try lines then Gallagher made a break and Hatfield went close before the home side were gifted possession near the Rovers line and the pressure eventually led to a converted score After 14 minutes.
The visitors then put the hosts under some intense pressure and both Lahr and Woodward were unlucky not to score with Woods also going close for the Rovers. Following some good work by Wood and Hatfield Rovers took the lead again on 27 minutes when Czech international Lahr made a break and Booth crashed over from the quick play the ball that followed, C Hill again converting. The end to end play continued and Rovers again came back strongly with Wood and Bond making good inroads into the home territory and they were well supported by Hirst and Hampshire.
Wyke pushed hard to level matters but Lahr, Cooper and Golec led the defensive line well and the score remained the same to the interval. Wyke knew they had to start well in the 2nd period and they put Rovers under pressure straight from the kick off when only good defence from Hatfield kept out the home wingman. After going close on a number of occasions Wyke were rewarded 5 minutes after the restart when strong running saw them level the scores with a converted try.
The 2nd period continued in the same free flowing way as the 1st with both sides having chances, Rovers through Cooper and Bond and the game then became an arm wrestle as both sides were reluctant to give the other any advantage, Rovers had Wood, Whitehouse and Gallagher in fine form on defence and good support from Hatfield and Shaw ensured the home side were kept well away from the visitors line. Wyke had the same idea however and Rovers were in the same position with the game played in the middle of the park for long periods with neither side able to break the strong defences.
With time pushing on both teams were looking for the advantage but it was the Rovers who took control when the influential P Hill created an opening and the superb run from Whitehouse saw him crash over for the match winning score, C Hill again tagging on the extras.
Wyke put everything into attack and desperately tried to level the score line but the Rovers steely defence held firm and their determination carried them through for a hard fought but well-earned victory from this tough but good spirited encounter.
In a very good team effort the best from Rovers were Lahr, Hatfield, C Hill and Woodward with Whitehouse taking the Boomerang Bar sponsored man of the match award.
Rovers will be looking to continue their recent good performances at home next Sat, 17-03-12, v former conference giants Brighouse Rangers where they will be trying to avenge an early season setback.
Players meet at 1-00pm at the clubhouse for a 2-30 kick off.