Rovers A' pick up 3rd victory of season
Sharlston Rovers A .. 26
Odsal Sedbergh .. 14
Pennine Division 1
Despite being short on numbers again Rover’s followed on from last week’s encouraging performance with only their 3nd victory of the season with a very good display against old foes Odsal Sedbergh.
On a glue pot of a pitch both sides struggled to control the ball with neither side completing a set in the opening 10 minutes. The Rovers side looked strong in the opening exchanges and were the first to settle down as they opened the scoring when returning winger Garfitt latched onto Chris Hills excellent cut out ball from a well worked scrum move to race over from 20 yards out after 12 minutes.
Good defence from Rovers withstood the strong attacks from Odsal with Golec and Shaw leading the way for Sharlston. Rovers were in command at this stage but as is all too often a lack of composure near to the line meant they could not add to their tally despite the pressure and possession advantage.
Odsal found a way back into the game with a try on 32 minutes as Rovers were guilty of spilling too much ball coupled with a couple of penalties allowing the visitors good field position. The visitors then took the lead on 35 minutes when further indiscretions led to a soft try out wide, this giving Rovers the wakeup call they needed.
From the restart Rovers put pressure on the Odsal line and after Whitehouse and Golec went close a superb ball from Phil Hill saw centre Shaw burst through for a well-deserved try, C Hill converting to restore Rovers lead.
The 2nd half started well for Rovers as Medforth went close to scoring before being fouled and C Hill notched over the resultant penalty on 42 minutes to increase the advantage. Good strong defence from Rovers limited Odsal’s chances and Rovers were well led by Golec and Whitehouse.
Rovers started to play some enterprising football as the game progressed despite the heavy conditions with P Hill probing the Odsal line and creating the space for others to have good runs to the line. Nicol went close as did Foster before C Hill followed up his own kick through to score after 52 minutes. Selby were struggling to complete their sets and were also unable to match the enthusiasm and fitness of the Rovers youngsters with the game seeming to be fading away from them at this stage.
Rovers then played a clever tactical game and pinned the visiting side deep in their own half for long periods with some astute kicking from Both Hill’s and Beecher coupled with some excellent tackling from the likes of Shaw and Lingard when chasing the kicks keeping the visitors well away from the Rovers half of the field.
Despite the apparent dominance of the Rovers a missed tackle and a good run from Odsal led to a try after 63 minutes that put them within 2 points and Rovers needed to up their efforts to dispel any thoughts of an Odsal comeback. From the restart Shaw notched his 2nd score of the day after another good run from Reville led to Golec putting the youngster over, Hill converting and Mathew Lingard was unlucky not to increase the lead when he was stopped in the act of scoring by some strong Odsal defence.
Rovers then turned the screw with some tough defence as the visitors again struggled to break away from their own half. Rovers wrapped up the scoring and secured the points when the influential P hill created his own try after some good approach work by Beecher and Bond, C Hill converting with the last action of the day.
Odsal had tried to compete in this contest but the Rovers were always too good for them and deserved their victory on the day.
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 Shaw, Phil Hill and Medforth with Josh Beecher taking the Motorcity sponsored man of the match award.
Next up is a break from league action when Rovers face the tough trip to local rivals Upton in the semi-final of the Wakefield and district trophy. Players meet at 12-00 pm at the club house; bus leaves at 12-30 for a 2-00pm kick off