Rovers A' on wrong side of heavy scoring match
West Leeds .. 46
Sharlston Rovers A .. 36
Roverís started the new season with a carbon copy of last seasonís opener losing a match they had wrapped up with 20 minutes to go.
Rovers will find life tough again if they forget that these matches last for 80 minutes as they threw away rather than lost the 2 points on offer against newly promoted West Leeds.
Rovers took the field full of confidence following some pre-season good performances and were off the mark after 5 minutes when Malyan crashed over from a neat short ball giving the visitors a good start to the day, Hill converting. Rovers kept the pressure up and were unlucky not to score when they were held up over the line shortly after. Leeds Levelled when a poor kick was returned 80 yards by the home side with the cover defence caught napping and the home side took the lead on 20 minutes following another mistake by the Rovers. Rovers then had a good spell and the home side were soon struggling to halt the flowing movements of the Rovers back line.
Rovers were back level when Hatfield showed his pace to score after some good approach work from Sutton and Palmer, Hill again converting before the visitors took the lead with similar movement seeing Hatfield notch his 2nd of the day on the half hour mark following good work by Golec and Pajor. Rovers extended the lead on 32 minutes when Kelsey crashed over on his debut to leave Rovers looking well in control at this stage. Sloppy play and over confidence saw the home side gifted possession and after 4 consecutive sets the lead was reduced on 36 minutes with a converted score to give Rovers a 4 point cushion at the break.
At the start of the 2nd half Rovers then had a superb 15 minute spell in which they put the visitors under some extreme pressure with some excellent attacking play. Shaw was first to score just 4 minutes after the restart with Hill converting from wide out then Reville went close after a good run.
Sutton and Pajor laid the platform for the next score when strong running and a quick play the ball saw Bettinson score under the posts to leave Rovers in a good position after 50 minutes. Beecher and Taylor then had good runs with again the home side struggling to match Rovers pace out wide. A combination of careless play and over confidence starting around the 55 minute mark saw Rovers loose total control of this game as they stopped working on defence and coupled with some poor ball control let the home side back into the game when conceding a soft try. Seeing their chance the home side upped their game and soon were within 2 points when another converted try came from lost possession in the Rovers half.
The home side took the lead on 68 minutes when Rovers had no answer to the strong aggressive running from the Leeds forwards with the home side extending the lead on 73 minutes to 8 points with another try created by some strong running.
Rovers tried hard from the restart and regained possession with some good work seeing Sutton go close before Hatfield completed his hat trick score to put Rovers within 4 points going into the last few minutes. Desperation from the restart saw Rovers trying to play football in their own quarter and they paid the price as the home side picked up possession and scored a converted try on what was the last play of the match to give them 10 point victory.
Rovers will take some positives from the match as there were some good performances from individuals and a good period of excellent team play, but as a team effort the final quarter showing was below the expected Rovers standard.
Best for the Rovers side were Bettinson, Hatfield and Beeching with Sutton taking the Motor City motorists centre sponsored man of the match award for an excellent effort on the day.
Rovers will be looking for a much improved performance in the next game as they travel to Bradford based Odsal Sedburgh, where they will be looking to kick start their season.
Players meet at 12-15 am at the club house, bus leaves 12-45 for a 2-30pm kick off