Same story as Sharlston can't seal win
Sharlston Rovers A .. 14
Morley Borough .. 18
Pennine Division 1
Rovers again went close to victory but not close enough as they continue to struggle finding a win in this tough division. Again the home side lost a match they could have won as the much more experienced visitors punished the home sideís mistakes with some clinical finishing.
Rovers started the brighter and were off to a flier when full-back Hatfield latched onto Gallagherís neat kick to open the scoring on 4 minutes with a try under the posts, converted by Hill.
Determined not to ease off Rovers showed some excellent ball control in the early stages as they put pressure on the visitorís line and were unlucky not to increase the lead when Taylor went close on 9 minutes. Rovers did cross to extend the margin when another good kick from Gallagher saw Garfitt climb above the defence to snatch a high ball and score out wide on 12 minutes. Hatfield crossed after 16 minutes but the score was ruled out for an alleged infringement as Rovers were looking the far better of the sides at this stage.
Good kick chase tactics saw Hatfield almost score again on 24 minutes with the home full back just winning the race to the ball before Rovers once again went off the boil to undo all their earlier good work with a high deficit in the penalty count coupled with an increasing amount of unforced errors. A lost ball and slow reactions saw the visitors reduce the arrears on 28 minutes with a converted score and the robust Morley outfit took the lead 2 minutes later with another converted try following yet another penalty against Rovers deep in their own half. The visitors had their tails up now and only some desperate defending from Rovers kept out the visitors as they enjoyed 3 consecutive sets close to the Rovers line.
Rovers managed to repel the attacks and worked their way into the Morley half where some good work from Hill and Barnett saw Richardson go close before a good ball from Hill enabled Chris Lingard to crash over for his 1st try of the season to give the home side a slender 2 point advantage at the interval.
Starting the 2nd period in the same fashion Rovers put pressure on the home side as they dominated early exchanges and had some good field position to mount their attacks from. A kick through looked promising for the home side but unfortunately for Rovers the Morley full back was alert to the danger and he not only snuffed out the chance but created his own space to beat 2 would be challengers and race 85 yards to score a converted effort after 46minutes.
This was a crushing blow to the home side and they struggled to get the momentum back for long periods as both defences stepped up and thwarted any chances.
Rovers upped their efforts and took the game to the Leeds based outfit with some enterprising play, and were desperately unlucky not to score when Mee went close after a neat ball from Gallagher and some strong running from Richardson and Palmer.
Both sides were guilty of poor ball control, in the closing stages 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 Morley 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 but the Morley defence held firm as they showed they knew how to close out a game. Another close 4 point loss and a frustrating afternoon for the home side but the effort was there to give the young side some much needed encouragement for the coming weeks.
Best for a Rovers side that tried hard throughout with plenty of endeavour were Hatfield, Chris Lingard and Barnett with Chris Hill taking the Arkaanís Indian Restaurant sponsored man of the match. Chris will receive a complimentary meal for two at the renowned Indian restaurant off Doncaster Road (A638) outside Crofton.
Next up is an away game at Allerton Bywater for the Rovers where they will be looking for a double over the fellow strugglers. Players meet at 1-00pm at the clubhouse for a 2-30 ko.