Rovers form falls to Royals
Sharlston Rovers A .. 16
Methley Royals .. 34
Pennine Division One
Rovers run of good form came to an end at the hands of a very good and experienced Methley royals outfit in this exciting division 1 encounter. Rovers took the field full of confidence following recent good performances and took the game to the hosts from the start forcing a scrum from the kick off then a well worked set play led to Shaw racing over in the corner, C Hill tagging on the difficult conversion attempt.
With a good completion rate Rovers were competing with the visitors in most areas and were unfortunate to concede after 8 minutes out wide.Again the young Rovers outfit took the game back to the visitors and put some decent pressure on the Methley line with good work from Hill and Tom Taylor seeing Golec go close. Methley took the lead on 15 minutes with a 2nd unconverted effort following some enterprising play that left the Rovers defence clutching at straws.
Rovers suffered a major blow losing influential scrum half P Hill to injury following this score but after a tactical reshuffle regained the lead on 20 minutes when clever work from Shaw and C Hill led to a break from Barnett with Thaler and Gallagher linking to send Shaw crashing over for his 2nd try of the day. Both sides upped their defences with Palmer and Nick Taylor leading the way for the home side well supported by Golec and Hirst.
Methley stretched the hard pressed Rovers defence on 35 minutes to hit the front again before dealing a crucial blow seconds before the break with a fortunate try after a poor last tackle option from Rovers.
At the start of the 2nd half Methley turned the screw a bit tighter with a score 3 minutes after the interval when again the Rovers defensive line was stretched to leave Rovers with an uphill battle to stay in the match. Battle they did and a real determined effort saw them hold the now confident Methley side for the next 20 minutes with some scrambling defence and some big hits repelling the much larger visiting pack. Whitehouse, Nick Taylor and Gallagher working hard on defensive duties well assisted by Palmer and Hirst.
The youngsters could only hold back the flow for so long and on 65 minutes the line was again breached when Methley created a 2 man overlap and the next score was posted.
A clever restart saw Rovers force the drop out and it was Rovers turn to exert some pressure on the visitor’s line. Good work from C Hill and Golec saw first Pajor then Whitehouse go close before Hampshire showed his pace to crash over out wide on 68 minutes to give the home side a faint glimmer of a comeback.
The home side’s hopes were finally crushed on 75 minutes when Methley wrapped up the days scoring with a converted try to give them the points and a deserved victory. Rovers will take some positives from the match as there were some good performances against a powerful and experienced outfit.
Best for the Rovers side were Nick Taylor, Chris Hill and Shaw with Golec taking the “118 118” sponsored man of the match award for an excellent effort on the day. At present Rovers do not have a scheduled fixture for this week.