Sharlston claim bragging rights in local derby
Sharlston Rovers .. 52
Crigglestone All Blacks .. 18
Pennine Premier League
Sharlston Rovers claimed the local bragging rights in the Wakefield Pennine premier derby match as they eased to a comfortable victory whilst hosting a Crigglestone side which remains injury stricken.
Rovers continue to improve their form weekly in preparation for the Yorkshire cup final at the festive period but opened this match playing a game too expansive for the conditions. After an early spell of lacking completion Rovers played a more of boring style of play and left props Sean Emblem and Phil Hodgson to charge up the middle and on the back of good possession Craig Miles showed his strength to storm over, Geoff Hick added the first of his 5 first half goals.
Within minutes try machine Gareth Davies got in on the action showing his footwork to cut inside to go under the posts despite the attention of several defenders. Captain Craig Miles crossed on the half hour mark to complete his brace with a try almost identical to the first.
Crigglestone settled into a sterner defence but lacked the direction and go forward to register any likelihood of a response and minutes before the half time whistle were dealt a low blow as Rovers added a quick fire 12 points as Hick backed up a Carl Saville break before Miles completed his hat trick with a neat collection of Saville’s testing kick to go into the interval with a unanswered 30 point lead.
Rovers remained in control and in the opening 20 of the second half proceeded to post the points with on fire Davies going in for 2 superbly taken tries to register his hat trick. Wingman James Byrom also got in on the action with a flowing play down touch side.
On the receiving end of a 42 point drubbing Crigglestone awoke and showed some real character to raise their heads to show the determination to go home with a score. With 15 minutes remaining stand out hooker Nick Ementon managed to ground a Ryan Horsley offload to score an all important try for the visitors, Tommy Malyan added on the extras.
With a new found confidence Crigg put together some of their best plays and an enthusiastic chase put the Rovers receiver under enough pressure to make an embarrassing fumble. Kyle Johnson was the first to react and Malyan converted the wingers effort.
In almost immediate reply Davies added his 4th of the game and 20th of the season getting to Rovers own testing kick through the in goal. With only 5 minutes remaining Horsley who impressed for the visitors showed great determination to score under the sticks twisting out the grasps of several defenders. It was Rovers though had the last say of the game as they went into the surpassed the 50 mark as Andy Booth barrelled over, Hick converting.
The win puts Rovers 4 points clear of Drighlington but with game’s in hand the Weeland road side must keep a foot on the gas and set the pace for the championship title.
This coming weekend Rovers travel to York based New Earswick to further their lead at the top of the Pennine premier. The club will be running a supporters coach to the fixture with the bus departing the Sharlston HQ at approximately 11.30am.