Rovers A add another 2 the division 2
Sharlston Rovers A .. 32
Illingworth .. 18
Pennine Division 2
Rovers showed their strength in depth despite losing 5 players to 1st team call ups to pick up the 2 points in a decent outing for the youngsters. Having dropped a point away to Illingworth earlier in the season Rovers were determined to make amends and following on from a number of excellent recent performances Rovers were full of confidence.
An infringement by the home side gave the visitors a penalty and they took a 2 point lead on 3 minutes. Rovers hit back and Hill intercepted and offloaded to give the returning Stubbs an opportunity but he was stopped just short on 5 minutes. Good defence from Cooper and Hampshire kept out the visitors shortly after before quick hands from Cooper and Gallagher saw Hampshire crash over for the opening try, converted by Hill on 11 minutes. Further good work from Stubbs and Woodward saw Hatfield go close and Golec was unlucky not to score after some good play between Gallagher and Reville.
Another excellent break from Hill saw him put Medforth through a gap and the youngster was never going to lose a foot race to the line scoring a superb try out wide. Two minutes later Gallagher’s well-judged kick bounced just right for Hill and he scored beneath the posts and converted to give Rovers a comfortable lead after 24 minutes. Illingworth showed in the reverse fixture they are a determined outfit when they pushed Rovers all the way and battled their way back into this match with some strong runs but the Rovers defence well marshalled by Edwards, Lahr and Stubbs held firm with some good support from Hatfield and Hill.
The end to end play continued and Illingworth again came back strongly this time scoring when the centre found a huge gap out wide. Woodward and Bond made some good yards into the home territory and they were well supported by Reville and Hatfield. Rovers had some good chances with ball in hand but all too often their eagerness led to a stray final ball or the wrong option was taken. Illingworth reduced the arrears further when again working the blind side well on the half hour mark to score their 2nd unconverted try.
Rovers steadied the ship and some good work from Booth and Hirst well supported by Edwards and Whitehouse saw them Camped on the visitors line for a while before Gallagher’s neat inside ball saw Hill crash over for his 2nd self-converted score of the afternoon on 37 minutes.
The 2nd period started in the same free flowing way as the 1st with both sides having chances, Rovers through Edwards and Bond before Rovers took control and Gallagher’s superbly weighted kick found Medforth who scored in the corner, Hill shaving the wrong side of the upright with his conversion attempt.
Rovers had Woodward, Stubbs and Lahr in fine form on defence and good support from Hatfield and Golec ensured the visitors were kept pinned deep in their own half well away from the Rovers line for most of the 2nd period. Again however the visitors worked their way back into the game capitalising on Rovers sloppy play and an unconverted try on 63 minutes gave them a slight glimmer of false hope of mounting a serious comeback.
Rover’s worked hard to stem the flow and some god work from Booth and Edwards gave Rovers good field position and after a period of pressure an excellent move saw Gallagher put Hill over for his hat trick score on 70 minutes, again self-converted.
Booth was denied a try for a double movement and Medforth was desperately unlucky not to get his 3rd try when harshly adjudged to have lost the ball in the act of scoring. Illingworth had the last word with a score on 76 minutes but the day belonged to Rovers.
In a very good team effort the best from Rovers were Lahr, Hatfield, Hill and Stubbs with Golec taking the Sharlston Villa club sponsored man of the match award.
The next scheduled fixture for the 2nd team is 28th April at home to Thornhill Trojans, in the meantime the 2nd string will be helping out the 1st team as they juggle their usual end of season fixture backlog.