Rovers A bag first home win in nailbiter
Sharlston Rovers A .. 26
Allerton Bywater .. 24
Pennine Divsion 1
Roverís finally nailed their first home victory of the season in this topsy turvy exciting division 1 encounter against an established Allerton Bywater outfit.
Sharlston started brightly and took the lead on 3 minutes when a superb ball from Thaler released Hick who in turn slipped a neat ball to Taylor who crashed over for a very good try. Rovers went close again through Shaw who was stopped just short. Allerton have had no luck this season but have not been hammered yet and showed why with a determined effort to level the scores following a mistake in the Rovers line on 7 minutes.
Both sides then settled down with some strong defence keeping the scoreboard stagnant until the 25th minute when the visitors took the lead with a converted score following another Rovers mistake in their own quarter. Again the defences took control with Rovers well led by Golec and Whitehouse with good support from Hawkins and Wallis. Rovers despite an excellent completion rate were guilty of trying too hard at times but they were rewarded for their enterprising play when Hick broke through and his excellent offload led to Shaw showing his pace top score in the corner on 36 minutes.
Rovers were quick off the mark in the 2nd period and an excellent move involving Hill and Bond saw Golec go close before Whitehouse showed his strength to crash over after a superbly timed ball from Hill opened a huge gap, Hill converting to give Rovers a 4 point advantage. Defences then tightened up to limit opportunities with Hampshire and Woodward looking strong for the home side. The scores were level again on 58 minutes when the visitors took advantage of some discipline from the Rovers and following 2 needless penalties the inevitable try came as the stretched defence was caught out wide.
As the game came to its closing stages a frantic last 10 minutes commenced which saw 4 tries scored with 3 of them converted. First Allerton took the lead after catching the Rovers napping around the play the ball area and some lazy line defence, crucially the score was not converted. Rovers then edged their noses in front when Whitehouse smashed his way through 4 would be defenders on 74 minutes to score under the sticks, Hill again successful with the extras.
Rovers were guilty of thinking they had the points in the bag and switched off at the restart, allowing Allerton to regain possession and their determination led to 6 points as on the last tackle the line was breached to give the visitors a 4 point advantage with 3 minutes remaining.
Rovers were stunned and it looked as though the home jinx had struck again following two earlier season last minute losses. The youngsters showed their character though and form a good restart regained possession to give them a platform to salvage the points. Good work from Hill and Thaler got them in then right part of the field and on the 5th tackle Hillís excellent ball gave Taylor a sniff of the line and the full back raced in for the levelling try.
All eyes were on Hill now as he calmly slotted over the touchline conversion to give Rovers the lead going into the final minute. Allerton still had time for a short kick off but the ball was lost and Rovers held on for a deserved but very hard fought victory against a very good and determined Allerton Bywater side who showed they are a gutsy outfit.
Rovers showed they can work for the full 80 minutes and will take a lot of positives from the match as there were some good performances from individuals and as a team they seem to be progressing in the right direction.
Best for the Rovers side were Hill, Hick and Taylor with Whitehouse taking the Boomerang bar sponsored man of the match award for an excellent effort on the day.
Rovers will be looking to continue with their improved performances in the next game as they travel to Birkenshaw, where they will be looking to upset the established Division 1 side.
Players meet at 12-00 am at the club house, bus leaves 12-20 for a 2-00pm kick off