Rovers A still searching for first points
Odsal Sedbergh 28
Sharlston Rovers A 18
Rovers continued with their early season jitters while losing a 2nd game on the trot they should have won. A poor start left them too much catching up to do as time ran out on their search for their 1st points of this campaign.
Despite several late withdrawals from the side Rovers took the field full of confidence and were looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing result. A poor opening set gifted possession to the home side and they duly scored after 2 minutes following a neat offload after some poor one on one defence by Rovers.
Sharlston hit straight back and after going close through Foster, Taylor crashed over on 6 minutes to put the visitors on the score sheet. Both sides then settled well and defences were on top with Ackroyd, Golec and Whitehouse leading from the front for Rovers. Odsal then had a good spell where they scored a converted try on 20 minutes following a mix up by Rovers from a kick through and forced a drop out 2 minutes later putting the visitors under pressure with Beecher and Hirst defending the line well and Hatfield stopping a certain score with his last ditch effort.
Odsal extended the lead on 27 minutes when another mistake led to a try. Rovers battled their way back into the game and were unlucky not to score through Shaw on the half hour mark. The arrears were reduced on 35 minutes when good interplay between Hill and Ackroyd saw Hatfield score out wide. Rovers went into the half time break in good form as the much bigger home side were starting to feel the pace of the game.
Rovers had the majority of the possession and field position in the opening quarter of the 2nd period but despite this were denied a score by some desperate last ditch defending from the home side. Rovers forced 2 drop outs and saw Shaw and Kelsey go close before the home side broke away to score a 4 point score on 60 minutes to give them a 14 point advantage.
Rovers kept plugging away and were finally rewarded on 65 minutes when Shaw showed his pace to score with Hill converting to give the visitors some hope of a comeback. Odsal were awarded a penalty 2 minutes later to put the lead to 10 points but this score was quickly followed by Foster notching his 1st try for the club after some good approach work by Taylor and Rovers were looking well in control going into the final 10 minutes chasing a 4 point deficit.
Too often the visitors took the wrong option and seemed to be trying too hard to score on every play with the end result being lost ball and a final minute converted try for the much relieved home side.
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 will be left to reflect on what might have been but for the poor start to the match.
Best for the Rovers side were Golec, Taylor and Ackroyd with Foster 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 play their 1st home game of the season against south Yorkshire rivals Dodworth. Players meet at 1-00pm at the club house, 2-30pm kick off