Rovers 'A' let foot off gas but do enough to stay top
Sharlston Rovers A .. 32
West Leeds .. 26
Pennine DIvision 3
Rovers continued their winning start to the season but were made to fight all the way by a resilient and very determined Leeds outfit.
Leeds were off to ma good start when Rovers failed to deal with the kick off and were put under pressure from the off. Rovers settled and a good break from Kelly saw the home side almost score through Shaw.
Kavanagh kept his try a game ratio up with a very good effort from Richardson’s well-timed ball following a scrum just inside the visitors half.
Richardson then scored his own try after some good work by Hill and Heath put the veteran in the clear. Rovers were well on top at this stage and this was further emphasised when Shaw made an excellent break to be just denied short of the line.
Almost on the half hour mark Heath and Hill interchanged passes with the latter scooting over for a try this time converted by Haigh to give the home side a 14-point lead.
Inexplicably the Rovers then stopped doing the hard work that had got them into this position and tried to play an over expansive game that was not required at this stage.
Leeds then started a purple patch that saw them notch 4 tries in 11 minutes before the interval, first scoring a good try from a set piece move at a scrum then a mix up following a harmless looking kick saw the visitors score a somewhat dubious try to bring them well back in contention.
Another try from a kick saw the scores levelled before panic set in the home sides play and a lost ball led to a converted try from deep right on half time.
Rovers composed themselves at the break and got back on track straight from the restart first forcing an error then with Shaw crashing over out wide from the planned scrum base move. Hill put Rovers back in front with his 2nd try following Whitehouse’s good run from deep and Rovers were starting to look good again, Haigh broke through and was just denied a try and good work from Pajor and Lawson saw Smith also going close.
Leeds showed their determination to edge back in front with 15 minutes left of the match but Rovers were always looking likelier to score than their rivals with this confirmed as Hill completed his hat trick score and converted after strong work from Golec carved an opening through the middle.
Rovers completed the days scoring with a good try from Cooper in the closing moments to seal the game but they had made hard work of this match.
Best for Rovers in a mixed team display were Simpson, Whitehouse Shaw and Golec with Hill taking the David Palmer travel sponsored man of the match award.
There is no Game this week for the A team, next match v Hoyland Vikings away on Saturday 11-10-08.
Players meet at 11-30 at the clubhouse.