Rovers A finding it tough in new division
Newsome Panthers 52
Sharlston Rovers A .. 12
Short of numbers Rovers are finding it tough at the moment and really struggled to make an impact here against a strong Huddersfield based Newsome Panthers outfit that showed no mercy on the division 1 newcomers.
Sharlston were put under pressure by the home side that scored only 3 minutes in following a mistake by Rovers on their first set then weak tackling led to the opening score. Two minutes later more defensive lapses saw a 2nd score this time converted and Rovers knew they were in trouble. A dogged determination saw Rovers tighten up on defence with some good work from Pajor, Gallagher and Golec holding the line well with the next 15 minutes seeing Rovers competing and ensuring the home side opportunities were limited. Rovers were wilting in the heat following the defensive duties and only desperate cover tackling from Kelly and Shaw kept the home side out, but on 25 minutes Panthers clever kick through caught Rovers napping with the home wing man scoring an easy try out wide then on the half hour mark Newsome increased their lead after a period of sustained pressure led to a converted score.
Rovers regrouped and almost scored through Edwards who ran strongly all day but Newsome had the last word of the half with another converted score just before the interval. A big 2nd half display was needed to stop the onslaught and early signs looked good for Rovers with again some excellent defence from Whitehouse Golec and Edwards stemming the flow but panthers broke through the line on 48 minutes and again on 51 to effectively seal the victory with 2 converted scores.
Rovers put pressure on the home line and went close through Kelly and Collinson before a stray pass led to an interception and a long range score on 60 minutes when Rovers had been looking to score their own try. Rovers had shown glimpses in attack and were rewarded when good work from Edwards led to Whitehouse crashing over, Gallagher converting. Newsome restored their advantage 5 minutes later when breaking through the overworked Rovers line before Golec was rewarded for his hard work when he smashed through three would be tacklers for a try again Gallagher adding the extras. Newsome finished the day with another long range try in the final minute to end Rovers extremely hard day at the office.
There were good signs despite the heavy defeat however and with Rovers expecting a number of players to return from either holiday, work commitments injury and first team call ups they have definitely got some things they can build on after this gutsy but outgunned showing.
In a mixed team effort the best from the Rovers were Edwards, Whitehouse and Golec with Kelly taking the “Steven Hall construction” sponsored man of the match award.
Next game for Rovers is away at Brighouse Rangers players meet at 12-15 bus leaves 12-45 for a 2-30pm ko.