Rovers get relegation battle on track
Sharlston Rovers A .. 20
Newsome Panthers .. 6
Roverís finally got their 1st points of 2013 with a superb performance in difficult conditions against established division 1 rivals Newsome Panthers.
The pre match downpour added to the previous week of rain made the pitch heavy going but Rovers started brightly taking the game to the visitors from the off. Both sides worked hard on defence with Chris Hill and Barnett leading the way for Rovers meaning chances were few and far between until the 20th minute when superb passing between Chris Hill and Whitehouse saw Taylor showing his pace to leave the would be defenders trailing behind for a 4 point effort to give Rovers the lead.
Rovers were determined not to lose concentration as is the norm and dug deep to repel the visitors over the next 10 minutes with some real dogged defence keeping the line intact, Bailey and Palmer showing their experience and leading by example and well supported by youngsters Gallagher and Woodward.
Rovers again came back strong and good play from Pajor and Palmer allowed Golec space and he went close to scoring. Rovers extended the lead when a strong run from deep by Hatfield coupled with a well-timed ball enabled Gallagher to get round the outside of the cover defence and he scored a good effort on 35 minutes to give Rovers an 8 point advantage.
Newsome were struggling to complete their sets and made life hard by constantly turning the ball over when in good field position to give Rovers plenty of possession which they made good use of and were unlucky not to extend their lead on 38 minutes when Edwards and Phil Hill combined to send Shaw close to scoring.
At the start of the 2nd half Newsome were gifted possession following a rare Rovers error and they made the most of their opportunity to reduce the arrears to 2 points when scoring under the posts on 43 minutes.
Rovers did not panic and a clever restart from C Hill saw the home side regain possession through Taylor and he made no mistake crashing over for a try converted by C Hill to restore the 8 point advantage.
Rovers then played a clever tactical game and pinned the larger visiting side deep in their own half for long periods with some astute kicking from Both Hills and Gallagher coupled with some excellent tackling from all in the Rovers camp.
Time and again the youngsters repelled all from the Newsome side with the visitors frustration becoming apparent as they were unable to break the determined Rovers defensive line, the penalty count heavily in Rovers favour as the game progressed easing any pressure on the Rovers line.
Panthers came back strongly as the game entered the final 10 minutes but Rovers were not to be denied as they seemed to relish the boggy conditions and showed their determination not to concede points.
With the game seemingly petering out an excellent kick from P Hill put pressure on the visitorís line and youngster Hunter showed he was fully alert when first to react to the loose ball leading to his well-deserved first try for the club.
Rovers showed they can work for the full 80 minutes and will take a lot of positives from the match as there were some excellent performances from individuals while as a team they have not played this well for a long time.
Best for the Rovers side were Chris Hill, Barnett and Taylor with Phil Hill taking the Arkaanís Indian Restaurant sponsored man of the match. Phil 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 Brighouse Rangers
Players meet at 1-00 pm at the club house for a 2-30pm kick off