Errors make Rovers youngester pay
Cutsyke Raiders 26
Sharlston Rovers A 10
Pennine Division 1
Rovers were brought back down to earth after last week’s excellent victory with a defeat against Castleford based rivals Cutsyke Raiders. Despite losing several players to illness and 1st team call ups a decent start saw Rovers take the game to the hosts with some good early play. Rovers went close through Pearson after some good work from Clayton and Bowery. As the game progressed Rovers started to make errors in the blustery conditions and the experienced home side punished the youngsters on 10 minutes with a try following a mix up in the defence.
Rovers took the game back to the hosts and Rasool was unlucky not to score after Hunter regained possession for the visitors with a big hit on his opposite number. Rovers battled away to get back in the game with the young side showing excellent enthusiasm in attack and defence. Rovers worked hard on defence, none more than full back Kendall and scrum half Golec as the game became a stalemate until just after the half hour mark when another mistake in defence again saw Cutsyke score a 2nd converted effort.
Rovers were under pressure now and needed to keep the line clear until the break but again their downfall was crucial errors with the home side scoring a 3rd converted try seconds before the interval.
Rovers start to the second period was poor compared to the first half effort and the home side extended the lead with an unconverted effort on 45 minutes to leave Rovers well behind at this stage.
On 52 minutes Cutsyke effectively sealed the match with another unconverted try with Rovers looking at a big hiding unless they put their game right. Although the match was by now out of Rovers grasp the youngsters showed great character to battle their way back into the game and were rewarded on 60 minutes when an excellent break by Kavanagh was finished off well by Rasool who scored in the corner to put rovers on the scoreboard.
Rovers kept plugging away and were starting to make some inroads into the home side territory with Field and Whitehouse breaking the line at will and good support from Bowery and Golec putting the home side under pressure.
Rovers were finally rewarded on 68 minutes when Bowery ran a good line to cut open the home defence from Scott’s neat short ball, and the next play saw Hill crash over from close range, Kendall converting to give Rovers some hope going into the last 10 minutes.
Despite their efforts that was the end of the days scoring but Rovers contributed to a very good game and worked hard to stay in the match.
Rovers will take some positives from this effort 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 some unforced errors.
Best for the Rovers side were Kendall, Golec and Pearson with Chris Hill 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 visit old rivals Halifax based Boothtown Terriers.
Players meet at 12-00pm at the club house, 2-00pm kick off