Young Rovers go down to early season defeat
Ossett Trinity .. 28 (12)
Sharlston Rovers A ..18 (12)
Pennien Division One
Rovers are back with their early season jitters while once again losing a game they could have won. After an impressive pre-season, Rovers took the field full of confidence but a poor start saw them behind after only 2 minutes following one of many penalties conceded throughout the afternoon.
Rovers hit straight back and after going close through Foster, Clayton crashed over on 5 minutes from Hillís short ball to put the visitorís level on the score sheet after Matt Lingards conversion. Both sides then settled well and defences were on top with Kelly, Beecher and Whitehouse leading from the front for Rovers. Ossett then had a good spell where they put the visitors under some intense pressure before excellent vision from Hoyle saw him intercept 5 yards from his own line and there was only ever one winner in this footrace as he scored under the posts for a deserved try on 15 minutes, again converted by Lingard.
Rovers had the better of the next 10 minutes but they failed to increase the lead and would regret this as the game progressed. Ossett battled their way back into the game and were unlucky not to score on the half hour mark when only desperate cover defence from Hatfield and Rasool prevented a certain try.
Ossett were back on level terms when following another penalty conceded by Rovers the home side worked to the sticks and the acting half back darted over with the conversion tying up the match on 34 minutes. Both sides went close before the interval break but excellent defence meant there were no further scores.
Rovers second period display was poor compared to the first half effort and all too, often seemed to lose concentration at crucial times in the game, resulting in gifting the home side possession. Ossett had a very good spell over a 20 minute period and took the lead on 46 minutes with the first of 3 unanswered tries, 2 converted to put the game out of Rovers grasp.
Rovers kept plugging away and were finally rewarded on 75 minutes when Hatfield ran a good line to cut open the home defence from Hillís neat short ball, Richardson converted but that was to be the last of the days scoring as the home side closed the match out to claim the points.
Too often the visitors took the wrong option during the second period and seemed to be trying too hard to score on every play with the end result being lost ball, this coupled with a heavy penalty count against them made it a difficult afternoon.
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.
Best for the Rovers side were Wood, Richardson, Palmer and Kelly with Hoyle 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 Huddersfield based Lindley Swifts.
Players meet at 1-00pm at the club house, 2-30pm kick off