Rovers demolish Dalton
Sharlston Rovers A 58 v 10 Dalton
Rovers continued their winning ways with an emphatic 11 try demolition of Cumbrian based outfit Dalton, who had no answer to the non-stop enthusiasm of the young Rovers side. The first 15 minutes however gave no indication as to the onslaught that followed with the earlier rain making handling difficult and both defences working hard, Rovers served well by Liam Kendall and Martyn Nicol.
The home side started well with the ball scoring in only the 2nd minute, after a neat break from Gary Shillaber saw Ash Smith crashing over out wide following a neat cut out ball from Adam Jones, Liam Kendall converting.
The visitors hit back almost immediately, regaining possession from the restart and putting Rovers under pressure down the middle before scoring out wide on 4 minutes.
Rovers went close through Chris Shaw and Jorge Richardson before the visitors took the lead on 12 minutes with a converted score following a mistake when Rovers lost the ball in their own quarter. This spurred the Home side and after weathering a brief storm when the visitors were stopped short once and held up over the line Rovers started to take control of the match. Kendall scored a superb team effort after a number of passes, self-converted to give Rovers the lead on 16 minutes with Tom Taylor unlucky not to score soon after.
Tom Wandless was next to cross after 25 minutes with Kendall again tagging on the extras. Sam Hawkins then crashed over from close range on 32 minutes after a good break from Jamie Torvill and a quick play the ball, Richardson converting. Wandless was then denied a score after the final ball from Kendall was ruled forward before Adam Jones wrapped up the 1st half scoring on 38 minutes after collecting his own neat chip over, Richardson improving with the conversion.
Rovers opened the 2nd period in the same fashion as the 1st half with Yemi George going close before Tom Taylor scored out wide on 45 minutes. The visitors were now tiring and the day was not getting any easier for them as a procession of tries were scored in the second period from the rampant Rovers side, coupled with an outstanding defensive effort from the Rovers with Kyle Dutson and Chris Shaw leading the way well supported by Jones and Sam Whitehouse in that department.
Torvill was unlucky not to score after a stunning break from Hawkins saw him stopped just short of the line before Jones scored his 2nd of the day on 50 minutes with Richardson converting after a good break from Whitehouse. Tristan Parker Atkinson then scored his 1st try for the club following a good run from 20 yards out on 56 minutes.
Jones completed his hat trick score on 65 minutes when he was first to react to a good Wandless kick near the line. Hawkins scored his 2nd try of the day with Smith converting on 71 minutes and Richardson had the final try after a good break from Dutson.
Rovers will be again be happy with the result after another impressive display and they will be looking to build on this as the season draws to its climax over the next few weeks.
Best for the Rovers side in a great team effort were Jorge Richardson, Ash Smith, Sam Hawkins and Kyle Dutson with Martyn Nicol taking the Sharlston Fisheries sponsored man of the match award for an excellent effort on the day.
Next match is away at local rivals Ossett Trinity Tigers players meet at 12-30 at the clubhouse for a 2-30pm kick off