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Morley Borough

Tries : Lee Kelly (Jnr), Stan Smith, Ashley Kavanagh, Sam Whitehouse
Goals : Phil Hill, Stuart Bailey
  • Pennine Division 3
  • Saturday 6th September 2008
  • Ref : Andy Kitson

Rovers battle to get game on, then do the business

Rovers were looking for a good start to the new season and managed that in some style against a robust Morley outfit.

Hard work from the players before the match clearing the large amount of standing water from the field ensured the game went ahead and Rovers young side started well by withstanding the much larger visiting sides early onslaught with some sterling defence.

Morley pushed Rovers hard in the opening quarter before Rovers started to take control of the game and made some good inroads through Cooper and Pajor with Smith unlucky not to score after some good work by Barlow. A well-rehearsed set piece play again saw Smith go close before Kelly crashed over out wide latching onto Hillís well-timed ball.

The visitors were now feeling the fast pace of the game and gaps were starting to appear in their defensive line leading to several good breaks by Shaw, Whitehouse and Sharp among others. Rovers were unlucky not to extend the lead when Golec and Richardson combined well to send Shaw close in the corner with only a desperate tackle by the cover defence keeping the young winger out.

The 2nd period started much the same as the 1st with Morley knowing they had to lift their game to pin back the Rovers side but the superior fitness and determination of the home side was always going to be too much for the visitors.

Smith crashed over for a trademark close range try converted by Bailey to extend the lead after 50 minutes then Kavanagh went close twice after putting some intense pressure on his opposite number following Richardsonís and Baileyís clever kicks.

From a set scrum Cooper went close before Kavanagh got his reward for an excellent performance with a try after yet another clever kick through from Bailey.

Wormald and Hopton made good yards to give Weight the chance to go close before another kick through saw Whitehouse use his pace to get to the loose ball first and crash over the line for a try converted by Hill.

Morley to their credit kept working hard and were rewarded with a consolation try from the last play of the match to score a converted try out wide but in reality were a long way from matching the young Rovers side in any department.

Best for Rovers were Cooper, Whitehouse and Kavanagh with Bailey taking the Sharlston Fisheries sponsored man of the match award.

Next Game Home v Lindley Swifts in the 2nd league fixture of the season where Rovers will be looking to continue this fine effort.

Players meet at 12-45 at the clubhouse.