Rovers A' slay Selby
Selby Warriors .. 10
Sharlston Rovers A .. 46
Pennine Division 1
Fielding a strong side for only the 2nd time this season Rovers put their struggling rivalís Selby to the sword in this highly entertaining Division one fixture.
Both sides started the game eager to get the points and early exchanges showed it could be a close encounter with defences on top. Good defence from Rovers withstood the early attacks from Selby with Chris Hill and Nick Taylor leading the way for Sharlston. Rovers were on the score board after 15 minutes when Kelsey showed great strength to crash over from close range after good approach work by Golec, Hill tagging on the extras. Tom Taylors break allowed Shaw to go close and Kelsey almost notched his 2nd with only strong defence keeping him out. A superb run from Josh Beecher from a well worked set paly saw the young full back cross for a deserved score after 15 minutes with Hill again successful with the conversion attempt.
Rovers were on fire and only desperate defence from Selby prevented scores from Luke Beecher and Matty Johnson with Cucci also going close to increasing the lead.
A good break saw Wandless crossing after 22 minutes with Hill again notching the extraís but Rovers then seemed to ease off and this coupled with some impatient play led to the match losing its sparkle for a while. Selby never looked like troubling the Rovers line but Sharlston were also struggling to find any pattern to their play and the scores stayed the same up to the interval.
Selby had struggled to complete their sets and were also unable to match the enthusiasm and fitness of the Rovers side in the 1st half but started the 2nd period with some renewed endeavour with only good defence from full back Josh Beecher keeping the line intact as the hosts looked for a way back into the match. Selby did reduce the arrears on 50 minutes with Rovers guilty of some complacency with ball in hand leading to a converted score on the back of a Rovers mistake. This spurred the visitors on and Hill crashed over for a self-converted score after 55 minutes after some good work from Palmer and Chris Lingard. Kelsey bagged his 2nd score when again his strength saw him crash over from a neat ball by Wandless again Hill tagging on the extras. Rovers were denied a score after a kick through from Childs saw Tom Taylor touch down on 65 minutes but the official had already blown for a trip by the home side in the build-up. From the resulting penalty Rovers crossed in the opposite corner when Hatfield put Luke Beecher in at the corner, just too far out for the conversion attempt which shaved the wrong side of the upright.
Good interpassing between Cucci and Childs saw the latter cross for a try on 70 minutes with Hill again converting. Kelsey completed his hat trick on 75 minutes with a clever try straight from a tap penalty when he caught the home side unawares to crash over, Hill converting.
Selby had the last word when they scored in the closing minute which in fairness was a consolation score they worked hard for as they never threw the towel in despite the domination of the visitors much younger and more enthusiastic side,
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 will be pleased with the score line.
Best for the Rovers side were Chris Hill, Nick Taylor and Phil Golec with Ryan Kelsey taking the Boomerangs Bar sponsored man of the match award.
There is no scheduled fixture this week due to the World Cup Final.