Rovers A' end home campaign on high.
Sharlston Rovers A ..32
Stainland Stags ..8
Rovers ended their home campaign with their best performance in over 2 years and demolished the previous league leaders with an outstanding 2nd half display after turning round at the break 4 points adrift.
Following on from last week’s excellent victory Rovers took the field full of confidence with their defence in top form shutting out the high flying visitors in the early exchanges. Shillaber and Golec led the way for Rovers with some crunching tackles and they were well supported by Field and Palmer. Rovers took the lead on 20 minutes after some good play by Hawkins and Yates enabled Richards to score out wide.
Stainland hit back and with the help of some poor discipline over the next 10 minutes the visitors gradually took control, levelling the scores on 25 minutes after a lost ball close to the Rovers line gifted a chance, then the Stags took the lead on 35 minutes following yet another handling error in the Rovers quarter led to an unconverted try. Rovers went back to basics and started to control the match with a simple game plan based on completion and enthusiasm and gradually started to put pressure on the visitor’s line, Rasool and Shaw were unlucky not to score as the 1st half closed with Rovers on top but still 4 points adrift.
Rovers started the second period in fine form taking the game to Stainland with some enterprising play before taking a lead they would not relinquish on 45 minutes when Kendall showed some superb footwork to break the line and race 15 yards to score a self-converted try. Excellent play from Clayton and Hunter saw Field break through and his strength was too much for the visitors defence as he crashed over on 50 minutes. Then Rovers were awarded a penalty which Kendall slotted over 3 minutes later.
Good interplay between the backline led to Shaw bursting through to score on 59 minutes and Rovers were well on their way to securing an excellent victory.
Stainland tried to get back in the game but the supreme home defence kept them at bay and as their frustration got the better of them it seemed to affect their composure with Rovers taking full advantage.
After some strong running by Dixon led to a break Bowery was unlucky not to score as was Hawkins a few minutes later.
Nicol was next over the line on 70 minutes when he took three defenders with him to score, Kendall adding the extras. Lingard almost scored out wide before Golec showed his determination to bustle his way through the defence to score the final try, again converted by Kendall on 75 minutes.
This was a performance that Rovers had been promising for some time and the second half effort by Rovers was a reward for all the hard work put in by the youngsters this season and to keep the visitors scoreless in the 2nd period was down to their sheer determination.
Best for the Rovers side were Nicol, Shillabeer, Field and Hawkins with Kendall taking the Arkaan’s Indian Restaurant sponsored man of the match award.
Next up is the final league match of the season when the party bus will be travelling all the way to Cumbria to play Dalton, supporters are welcome. Cost will be £6 per person and the coach leaves at 08-30 am.
Players meet at 0800 at the club car park.