Rovers off to majestic start
Sharlston Rovers .. 52
New Earswick All Blacks .. 10
Pennine Premier League
by Jamie Hobbs
Sharlston opened up their Pennine premier campaign with an impressive 52-10 victory over travelling York based side New Earswick All Blacks. Rovers raced out of the blocks with their opening try on 7 minutes with Gareth Davies racing through a gaping hole before supplying Chris Hill who finished well on the touchline side. Rovers continued with their expansive style of rugby and Man of the Match Carl Saville proved unstoppable from 20 meters out, new signing Geoff Hick added the first of his 5 conversions of the afternoon.
Almost immedialty following Jonathan Waddle now plying his trade in the second row crossed for the simplest of tries having backed up ‘onfire’ Davies. Rovers extended into a 22-0 lead in as many minutes when Hick supported an excellent Craig Miles break crossing under the sticks to make his own conversion easier.
New Earswick who were resilient throughout were rewarded for their efforts with prop forward Wayne Foster barrelling over, Dan Fairclough added the extra 2.
Rovers new prop forward signing Sean Emblem wiped out the opponents score only 2 minutes before the interval with a simple walkover try after an astute cross field kick split the New Earswick defence to go into the break with a 28-6 lead.
Sharlston center Dale Potter opened the second half scoring running the angles to wrong foot several defenders. New Earswick responded promptly with All Blacks most influential player Brian Wright stretching out for the an unconverted try.
The closing half hour provided a 4 try spectacle for the bumper crowd with Craig Miles opening with a 40 meter score after latching onto a loose ball. Emblem closed in for his second of the game running hard and strong over the would be defenders. Assistant coach Phil Hodgson earned his debut try charging out of his own half before receiving his earlier offload. With only minutes remaining and the game won Chris Hill closed the scoring he had started with a cheeky chip over the for the winger to collect himself to score and move the scoreboard into the fifties to close a strong team performance.
Rovers now move to the top of an artificial league table but it’s a position they will be aiming to end the season at, but one of the sternest of challenges comes this weekend where they have the task off travelling to reining champions Halifax Irish. The club are running a bus for the attractive fixture which leaves the Sharlston hotel 12.30 prompt. Costs are held at last years price of £5 per person and the management hope the bus will run near full as to cover the increased costs.
Sharlston Rovers Team :
1. Geoff Hick 2. Chris Hill 3. Gareth Davies 4. Dale Potter 5. Mark Hudson 6. Lee Maskill 7. Carl Spencer 8. Sean Emblem 9. Carl Saville 10. Tommy Crowther 11. Keith Brook 12. Jonathan Waddle 13. Craig Miles 14. Gordy Long 15. Phil Hodgson 16. James Byrom 17. Andy Booth
New Earswick All Blacks Team :
1. Steve Perks 2. Steve Gardener 3. Jack Sinclair 4. Elliot Bridges 5. Adam Kirby 6. Carl Pallister 7. James Copper 8. Dan Atkinson 9. Joe Davis 10. Wayne Foster 11. Dan Wellard 12. Brian Wright 13. Carl Barrow 14. James Pallister 15. Dan Fairclough 16. James Norris 17. Robert Quigley