Rovers register cricket score over Moor
Sharlston Rovers .. 102 (54)
Dewsbury Moor .. 0 (0)
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers sent out a strong message to their Pennine league opponents with a 102-0 slaughtering of bottom of the league Dewsbury Moor which sees them jump from 5th place to second with 2 games still in hand over their table neighbours.
With confidence high from the Yorkshire cup final victory over Nevison Leap a week before Rovers were keen to get their Pennine Premier title assault back on track. Training and preparation for the Yorkshire cup final meant Rovers were in peak condition going into the first game of the new year while their opponents could be forgiven for being a little rusty with a 3 week layoff of matches and probably training over the festive period.
Dewsbury Moor added their first league point with a draw at Hunslet Old Boys before the festive layoff and tough encounter was expected by the hosts. The opening exchanges didn’t look to disappoint as Moor opened with some aggressive defence and certainly there was no prediction of the final scoreline at this point.
It was down the left flank that Rovers managed to breach the visitors and took advantage of the weakness with great cohesion between centre and winger for Wayne McHugh to link with winger Sam Wilson who raced in for a hat trick of tries within the first 10 minutes, Danny Glassell converting one of the three.
From this point on the visitors looked dejected and could probably tell that they were in for a long afternoon with the Yorkshire cup champions in red hot form. Chris Aiton brother of Wakefield hooker Paul opened his debut appearance playing out of position at stand-off with a beautiful ball putting second rower Lee Lingard through a gapping whole. Scott Glassell took over the kicking duties adding his first of ten conversions with a personal 28 point haul.
Dewsbury were now chasing the game and continued to try and make a game of but it meant that they were forcing more in attack and on several occasions the final pass went to ground. Gareth Davies benefited these loose balls collecting and racing from far out on two occasions for a furst half brace. Chris Bingham also crossed the white wash when an attacking kick wasn’t defused and Tom Wandless who had a fine game popped up the ball to Bingham to power over under the sticks.
The Rovers left flank got in on the action once again as Wayne McHugh ripped up the Moor defence with some flowing passing saw McHugh cross before Wilson put in Scott Glassell with a length of the field play. Half time couldn’t come quick enough for the visitors but before the half time whistle Jonathan Waddle brought up the 50 for Rovers going into the sheds 54-0 ahead treating the supporters to 10 fine tries.
With the job done Rovers could have easily put the cue on the rack for the second half but with position for places now at a premium with 23 players available for selection every man was looking to make a stake to keep his shirt.
Substitute forward Tommy Crowther looked to stake a claim with a powerful drive that saw him fend off several defenders on his way over the line. Danny Glassell who had a strong game at full back dummied his way out of his own 20 meters and went the length of the field.
From the restart Rovers were relentless as every man looked to back up every break and it was Scott Glassell who was to benefit his brother Danny’s break from in his own half.
Scrum half Tom Wandless was rewarded for a much improved performance with a try, stepping inside the covering defence from a Danny Glassell offload. Wandless converted his own try and the last 3 tries.
Rovers were playing with all the confidence in the world and used their left flank once more to bump the score up to dizzy heights. Wayne McHugh again linking with Wandless and Wilson to go in for 2 more tries to register the centres hat trick. With 15 minutes still left to play the referee called time early when Lee Lingard brought up the 100 for Sharlston with a break from in his own half, Wandless adding the goal to register one of, if not the record highest Sharlston victories.
With a superb team performance throughout it was hard to highlight a single player but the inaugural Arkaan’s Indian Restaurant sponsored man of the match went to Wayne McHugh who went in for 4 tries and had a hand in several others. Wayne will receive a complimentary meal for two at the renowned Indian restaurant off Doncaster Road (A638) outside Crofton.
Sharlston now look to the Pennine Presidents cup competition to keep the run of form going with a tougher fixture away at Thornhill Trojans in the first round. Head coach Gordy Long now has the hard job of choosing his 17 from a strong squad but the A’team are back in action with an away journey to Batley Boys where players will be able to stake a claim with the right attitude. Both games kick off at 2pm.
TRY #5 Sam Wilson 4-0
TRY #5 Sam Wilson GOAL #1 Danny Glassell 10-0
TRY #5 Sam Wilson 14-0
TRY #11 Lee Lingard GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 20-0
TRY #8 Chris Bingham GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 26-0
TRY #3 Gareth Davies GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 32-0
TRY #4 Wayne McHugh GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 38-0
TRY #3 Gareth Davies GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 44-0
TRY #16 Jonathan Waddle 48-0
TRY #13 Scott Glassell GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 54-0
- Half Time -
TRY #14 Tommy Crowther GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 60-0
TRY #1 Danny Glassell GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 66-0
TRY #13 Scott Glassell GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 72-0
TRY #4 Wayne McHugh GOAL #13 Scott Glassell 78-0
TRY #7 Tom Wandless GOAL #7 Tom Wandless 84-0
TRY #4 Wayne McHugh GOAL #7 Tom Wandless 90-0
TRY #4 Wayne McHugh GOAL #7 Tom Wandless 96-0
TRY #11 Lee Lingard GOAL #7 Tom Wandless 102-0