Young Rovers out muscled
Sharlston Rovers A .. 20
Boothtown Terriers .. 42
Pennine Division 1
Rovers were given a harsh lesson by a tough physical Halifax based Boothtown Terriers outfit that made the most of an awful start by the home side to virtually wrap up the points inside the opening quarter.
The visitors started strong and the Rovers defence was tested from the off with only a desperate last gasp effort keeping the line intact in the opening exchanges. The 1st score was posted after 10 minutes when a penalty followed a lost ball and the visitors were gifted good field position which they capitalised on to score a converted effort.
The 2nd score followed an offload in their own quarter and the influential ex pro stand-off showed his pace to score a 60 metre converted effort. 3 minutes later and the Terriers were further in front after poor line defence and the poor start was complete when Charlesworth raced through some hesitant defence for his 2nd score to put Rovers 22 points down after 20 minutes.
Rovers dug deep as they realised they were looking at a big hiding at this rate and to their credit worked hard to get the defence sorted to stem the onslaught with Taylor and Palmer leading from the front. Gradually as the game progressed Rovers were working their way back in contention and the home side had their best spell in the 10 minutes before and after the half time break. Rovers reduced the arrears on 33 minutes when Foster scored following some enterprising play to give the home side a glimmer of hope for the 2nd period.
At the start of the 2nd half Rovers came out firing and were rewarded for an excellent short kick off by regaining possession and they made the most of this by scoring on the next set through Whitehouse who latched onto Phil Hillís neat ball to crash over out wide. Rovers had a go 10 minute spell but as is all too often a mistake in their own half when in possession led to the visitors increasing the Lead with a converted score after 52 minutes. The lead was further increased shortly after when again poor defence lee to a 4 point score for the visitors.
Going into the last quarter Rovers again got back into the game when C Lingard forced his way over the line with Chris Hill converting to reduce the deficit.
The terriers posted another 4 point score after forcing an error in the Rovers half of the field. As Rovers chased the game errors were inevitable and a risky off-load saw the ball in the hands of the terriers and another score this time converted put the match well out of Rovers reach.
The home side wrapped up the days scoring when Lingard notched his 2nd try of the day as he again showed his strength close to the line, Hill banging over the conversion from the touchline.
Rovers will need to head the lesson served up today as they cannot afford to give sides a start and expect to compete at this level.
Best for the Rovers side were Nick Taylor, Foster and Lingard with Chris Hill taking The Suntan shop sponsored man of the match award.
No game this week due to the Super league grand final and Rovers will next be in action on the 12th October when they take a break from league action when they entertain Dewsbury Moor in the 2nd round of the BARLA Yorkshire cup.