Hill signs off with Siddal swan song
Sharlston Rovers A 26
Rovers edged close to safety with a real hard fought win against a very good Siddal outfit. Both sides fielded very young teams and as in the earlier reversed fixture there was nothing between the sides in the early exchanges.
Siddal opened the scoring when making the most of a succession of penalties by Rovers to give the away side good field position and the visitors crossed out wide for a 4 point score.
Rovers hit back and Whitehouse got his trademark score from close range after some good approach work by Hunter and Rasool, Hawkins converting to give Rovers a lead they would not relinquish.
Rovers were in command at this stage and the strong running Shillaber got his reward with a try on 20 minutes after backing Chris Lingards good break, no conversion this time. Rovers went close through Shaw and Nicol and Whitehouse had a good 40 yard run before Kendal extended the lead with a self-converted score on 32 minutes after some good work from Golec and Hill.
Siddal showed their determination and character to reduce the deficit to 6 points with a converted score on 37 minutes and the game was evenly balance at this stage.
Rovers regrouped and regained their composure at the start of the 2nd half taking the game to Siddal and with both sides defence well drilled chances were few and far between in the third quarter. Clayton and Shillaber led the way for Rovers well supported by Palmer and Smith. 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 and Hawkins coupled with some excellent tackling from all in the Rovers camp. Time and again the youngsters repelled all from the Siddal outfit with the visitors frustration becoming apparent as they were unable to break the determined Rovers defensive line.
The influential Phil Hill was next on the score sheet for Rovers in his final game before retirement as the home side edged the match out of the visitors reach with a 4 point score on 64 minutes. An excellent run from Simpson saw Shillaber go close again before young second row Clayton wrapped up the Rovers scoring with a strong run from 30 yards out taking a couple of defenders over the line in the process, Kendall tagging on the extras.
Siddal ended the afternoon with a good try of their own as they finished off a sustained period of pressure but the points were already safe by this stage and Rovers closed the game out well.
Both sides can be well proud of the performance and effort put in by two very young teams that played the game to a high standard throughout.
Rovers proved they can work for the full 80 minutes and will be well pleased with the effort shown 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 Hill, Kendall and Shillaber with Whitehouse taking the “Kirsty’s School of Dancing sponsored man of the match award.
Next up is Rovers final home match of the campaign where they will be looking to back this performance up with something similar against Halifax based rivals Stainland Stags. Players meet at 1-00 pm at the club house for a 2-30pm kick off