Rovers Return from drab Queensbury with much needed league points
Queensbury .. 14
Sharlston Rovers .. 32
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers returned with the much needed 2 league points from the ground where last year they came unstuck - the Hill top Queensbury fortress. ‘Bury opened the scoring 15 minutes in with a Brett Marriott penalty conversion but that would be the only first half points for the host as Rovers scored 2 tries while attacking up the steep incline. Craig Duda playing in the center added both of Rovers first half tries in a 6 minute spell, the first of which was well timed run cutting inside the defence and the second of which Steve Hall made a powerful stride for the line before tying up several defenders before supplying Duda with an easy try. Kevin Dickens adding on the extra 2 points to give the visitors a 10-2 lead going into the interval.
With Sharlston having defended the slope well the second half looked to be sway in the advantage of the visitors. With regular half backs Matty Bell and Carl Saville out with injury Maskill and Wandless stepped into the role well and when attacking down the hill looked like adding a good few scores. First over was Jonathan Waddle who came onto a short ball with pace leaving the defence standing, Kevin Dickens adding the conversion from touch side. Minutes later another fine ball from Maskill put prop forward Andy Booth in acres of space on the inside to cross the whitewash, Dickens again adding the testing kick. Dickens soon crossed when scooting from acting half back and proving too strong for the ‘Bury markers, Dickens converting his own effort. First team debutant Sam Whitehouse christened his maiden appearance with a well taken try out on the touch line side, but the goal from Dickens was this time unsuccessful. Queensbury continued to push on up the incline and were rewarded for their efforts when speedster Luke Brearcliffe raced over for 2 Marriott converted tries in the last 5 minutes of the game.
Lee Maskill sponsored by Tommy Mullaney took the referees man of the match stepping up from fullback to the stand off role and distributing the ball well throughout the game.
Top Tackler : Keith Brook (23 tackles)
Most Go Forward : Steven Hall (18 drives)
Rovers take to the road next weekend (19th Jan) when they travel to Wigan St Cuthberts in the National Cup Round 2. A supporters coach is available and will leave the Sharlston Hotel at 11.30 am, with places on a first come first served basis.