Rovers A take first points of season
Brighouse Rangers ..10
Sharlston Rovers A .. 24
Pennine Division One
Rovers finally got their 1st points of the season with an excellent display against old rivals Brighouse Rangers in a thoroughly entertaining game. Rovers had a point to prove following last week’s heavy defeat, and being at full Strength for the first time this campaign the youthful Rovers outfit started the game full of confidence with an excellent completion rate that saw them putting the home side under intense pressure, with only some good scrambling defence from Rangers keeping their line intact.
Rovers broke the deadlock on 12 minutes when Whitehouse continued his current good form with a score out wide following some good approach work by Hatfield and Emblem. Brighouse started to slowly get their way back into the match and were rewarded with a converted try to take the lead on 17 minutes following a rare mistake in the Rovers defensive line. Rovers Soon took the upper hand and some strong defence led by Golec, Gallagher and Whitehouse laid the foundations for the backline to put the home side under pressure, Shaw and Taylor making breaks at will and P Hill and Gallagher providing the link between them and the rampaging Emblem and Edwards.
Barnett went close as did Winks before Whitehouse finished a fine move on the half hour mark scoring under the posts, Gallagher tagging on the extras. Again Rovers worked hard to restrict the home side’s opportunities with P Gamble and Bond defending well and it was good defence that led to the final try of the 1st half when Golec and Hawkins worked hard to turn defence into attack and C Hill putting Davies over for his 1st try of the season on 37 minutes.
Sharlston were in buoyant mood now and started the 2nd period well with Shaw and Hatfield causing problems with the ball in hand and some good solid work from the forwards leading to Davies scoring his 2nd try after 46 minutes. Brighouse then upped their defensive work and coupled with the Rovers trying too hard on attack the game went into a stalemate for a good while as the limited chances Rovers could create were either squandered with either too many passes or wrong options taken when in good positions. P Hill was unlucky to be denied after a good break from Hatfield and Golec was held up over the line after Edwards strong run through the home line.
Rovers own defensive duties ensured the home side never troubled the line and Sharlston increased the lead when a well worked move saw Whitehouse showing his strength to crash over for his 2nd hat-trick of the season on 70 minutes with Gallagher tagging on the extras.
Brighouse were rewarded for their efforts with a rather fortunate try in the dying seconds following a kick through but the day belonged to the Rovers side that had put to bed any doubts regards their division one status this season with an excellent effort against strong opponents and also avenged the narrow one point loss at home last season to Rangers.
In a very good team effort the best from the Rovers were Hatfield, Whitehouse and Barnett with P Hill taking the Boomerang sponsored man of the match award.
Next game for Rovers is a local derby at Home v Pennine league newcomers Upton and this should be another cracker of a game. Players meet at 1-00at the clubhouse, for a 2-30pm ko.