Hill salvages league point with testing conversion
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ 14
Odsal Sedbergh .. 14
This clash between two sides of different styles turned out to be a real hard fought affair with no quarter asked or given by either side. Chances were few and far between in the boggy conditions which suited the visitors much larger pack the better with Rovers struggling to find their rhythm in the mud.
Strong defence was the order of the day with Bailey and Smith to the fore for the home side. Both sides went close before Rovers hit the front on 24 minutes with Gallagher’s long cut out ball finding Cooper who crashed his way over for the opening score, crucially Hill’s touchline conversion effort hit the upright and bounced the wrong way. Rovers were playing the better football with Spencer and Smith prompting the forwards and Kavanagh and Kelly were both denied scores only by desperate defence from the visitors. Odsal scored a converted try on 30 minutes following a strong run to the line and a well planned move, then hit the front when a real mix up in the defence when dealing with a kick through saw the visiting centre score out wide on 35 minutes.
Rovers pulled 4 points back when Shaw never gave up the chase for Gallagher’s clever kick and was rewarded with a try in the corner from the visiting winger’s mistake, with Hill again falling just short with the touchline effort to leave Rovers trailing by 2 points at the break.
The 2nd period was even more intense than the first with neither side willing to give any chances and defences were definitely on top throughout most of the half, Palmer, Goodfellow and Pajor all working hard for the home side. Odsal extended their lead after 65 minutes with an unconverted try to give them a 6 point cushion entering the final stages and Rovers were looking at their first home loss of the season at this stage.
Veteran Smith thought he had scored with 8 minutes remaining but the referee adjudged the ball had not been grounded correctly and Rovers thought their chance had gone. After some excellent work from Spencer and Hill hooker Golec saw a gap and smashed his way over with only 3 minutes remaining leaving Hill another difficult conversion attempt, but the kick was successful and Rovers had at least salvaged a point from a difficult and hard fought affair.
Best for Rovers in a mixed team display were Bailey, Smith, Shaw and Whitehouse with Golec taking the Sharlston Fisheries sponsored man of the match award.
Next week’s game is at Home v Underbank Rangers in what could also be a tough encounter.
Players meet at 12-30 at the clubhouse.