Deja Vue double for Bentley
Sharlston Rovers A .. 22
Bentley Good Companions .. 26
Pennine Division 1
It was a case of Deja Vu for Rovers as again they came out second best and not for the 1st time this season they were dealt a harsh reminder that they must compete for the full 80 minutes as they again lost a game they should have won.
Rovers started the brighter and were determined to make amends for last weeks below par performance against the same opponents as Phil Hill and Wandless looked to get the forwards moving. Good play from Taylor saw Shaw go close before Wandless and Garfitt combined well to send Chris Hill over for a self-converted try in the 9th minute.
Further good play from Pajor and Palmer saw Woodward go close before a mistake gifted possession to the visitors then poor marker defence saw Bentley reduce the arrears on 14 minutes. Bentley upped their defence and pinned Rovers deep in their own half for a period which again led to mistakes by the home side with the visitors talking the lead on 20 minutes with a converted score.
Rovers upped their efforts and took the game to the Doncaster outfit with some enterprising play, and were desperately unlucky not to score when Garfitt crashed over only for the score to be ruled out for an alleged infringement after some excellent approach work from Wandless and Whitehouse. Over the next 20 minutes looked by far the better side as they started to complete their sets and this coupled with a clever kicking game saw the hosts go close on a number of occasions. A good kick from Wandless allowed Taylor space and he levelled the match with a good try out wide on 36 minutes to give Rovers some good hope for the 2nd period.
Both sides were guilty of poor ball control, in the opening quarter of the 2nd half as all too often the play was forced when not necessary. Rovers struggled to get out of their own half for a long period ad were forced to drop out the ball as the strong visiting defence kept the Rovers side pinned in their own quarter.
As the game wore on Rovers started to make inroads into the Bentley half as Chris Hill made a number of good breaks but the support was not always there and there were some neat touches from Taylor and Hatfield before Bentley took the lead on 61 minutes with a converted score following lazy marker defence close to the Rovers line.
Two minutes later it was all square again as another clever Wandless kick led to Chris Hill notching his 2nd self-converted effort of the day. Rovers regained the lead on 69 minutes when Wandless found Garfitt out wide with a superb ball and the young winger crashed over out wide, Chris Hill converting from the touchline to give the home side what should have been a platform to seal the points as they endeavoured to close the game out in the final 10 minutes.
As is all too often a lack of concentration by the young Rovers side gifted possession to the visitors and as Rovers pressed the self-destruct button Bentley were within 2 points on 72 minutes as they scored out wide when the Rovers defence was stretched once too often.
Still the Rovers were in control of the game but once again poor ball control and a lack of urgency saw the visitors take the lead on 75 minutes when the home side failed to play to the whistle allowing the big visiting 2nd row man to race over from 30 yards out unopposed after an alleged ball steal.
Rovers still had plenty of time to salvage something from the afternoon but as is always the case when chasing the game panic sets in and the wrong options were taken seeing the visitors take the spoils for the 2nd week running.
Best for the Rovers side were Chris Hill, Taylor and Whitehouse with Tom Wandless taking the Arkaan’s Indian Restaurant sponsored man of the match. Tom will receive a complimentary meal for two at the renowned Indian restaurant off Doncaster Road (A638) outside Crofton.
Next up is another home game for the Rovers where they will be looking for a double over visiting Morley Borough. Players meet at 1-00pm at the clubhouse for a 2-30 ko.