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Sharlston Rovers A

28-20

Lindley Swifts

HT
(8-6)
Tries : None, Richard Sharp, Lee Kelly (Jnr), Ashley Kavanagh, Stan Smith, Phil Golec
Goals : Phil Hill, Mick Haigh 3
  • Pennine Division 3
  • Saturday 13th September 2008

Defence holds firm for Rovers 'A'

This clash between two of last seasons division 3 heavyweights lived up to all expectations and Rovers came out on top after an exiting and tough encounter.

Both sides were a good blend of youth and experience and the game was played at a frenetic pace in warm conditions, but also in good spirit throughout.

The opening exchanges were even with neither side wanting to give any advantage to their opponents and both defences were of the highest order, Rovers being well led by Palmer and Whitehouse.

Rovers were first on the score-sheet with a P. Hill penalty goal after 13 minutes, this following an excellent break by Cooper. Both sides had chances to score with Sharp and Golec going close for the home side before Lindley Hit the front on 25 minutes with a converted try. Rovers kept the pressure on and were unlucky not to score through Weight before Sharp latched onto Hill’s well-timed ball to crash over on 35 mins with Haigh tagging on the extra’s.

The 2nd period saw both sides again almost scoring but strong defence saw the lines intact, Richardson and Hick both working hard for the Rovers on defence. Lindley crossed the line on 49 minutes to retake the lead with converted try, then Kelly scored a good solo try for the home side 4 minutes later with Haigh again converting to restore the slender lead before Lindley levelled matters with a penalty goal on the hour mark. Youngster Kavanagh then scored the try of the game when collecting the ball 5 yards from his own line and beating several would be defenders on the way to a fine solo score.

Just 3 minutes later Smith then scored a trademark try to all but seal the game for the home side with Haigh converting again. Lindley showed their determination to pull a converted score back with 5 minutes left to set up a tense finale to an excellent game.

Rovers worked hard to keep the visitors at bay in the closing moments with good defence from Wormald, Haigh and Barlow and the home side had the last word when Golec scored a deserved try after some good work from Shaw and Hopton.

Best for Rovers in a fine team display were Kelly, Smith and Whitehouse with Golec taking the Majestic Décor sponsored man of the match award.

Next Game away v Whitehall Warriors in the league where Rovers will be looking to continue this excellent start to the season.

Players meet at 12-00 at the clubhouse.