Semi Final tie awaits after late rally denies Normanton A
Normanton Knights A .. 8
Sharlston Rovers .. 40
Wakefield ARL UNISON Presidents Cup
Sharlston Rovers will face Upton in the Wakefield UNISON presidents cup semi final. After being held to only a 10-8 lead at the interval Rovers superior fitness prevailed as they took the game away from the gallant Knights with Gareth Davies closing with a hat trick of tries.
The game started well for Rovers as they posted the first points of the afternoon, Lee Maskill running a nice line for Wandless to put him through the gap, fullback Dale Ferris added the extras. Knights A took the next points on offer as Ryan Tilford elected to take a shot at goal when Normanton were awarded 2 penalties within kicking distance to come back within 2 points of the visitors.
On the 20 minute mark captain Craig Miles took on the defence on his own scoring just to the side of the posts. Rovers pushed to improve their tally but an error strewn 20 minutes meant they didnít have the possession to do so and just before the half time whistle took another 2 points from the boot complete a good half for the hosts.
Normanton further reduced the deficit to only 2 points as they again posted a penalty conversion from Tilford. The gallant Knights A team continued to offer resistance to all the Rovers efforts but on the hour the pressure took its toll as holes appeared in their defence, the Rovers side with a superior fitness started to make the breaks and gain the much needed territory. Craig Miles completed his brace making light work of several defenders and race in at the corner, Ferris successful with the boot.
The score proved to be a confidence booster for the visitors as almost straight after rook terrorist Lee Bettison made a gap through the markers before offloading to Dale Potter who finished in style under the sticks, Ferris again goaling.
The last 10 minutes made the scoreline a little artificial as they added another 18 points to the toll with a virtuoso hat trick from leading try scorer Gareth Davies, Ferris goaling all three.
Rovers are now only a game away from the final having drawn Upton at home in the semi finals. Sharlston successfully retained the UNISON presidents cup last season for a 5th season but will be keen to keep it in the trophy cabinet in their quest to take the record of 7 seasons in succession currently held by Brookhouse.
Rovers are back to league duties this week as they travel to Siddal to take on the conference sides ĎAí team having earnt promotion into the premier this season, kick off 2pm.