Promotion hopes continue with 7 try blitz
Underbank Rangers .. 10
Sharlston Rovers A .. 32
Pennine Division 3
Rovers took the field for their 1st game in 3 weeks and despite being slightly rusty made light work of their game but outgunned opponents scoring 7 tries to 2 in the process to keep alive their promotion aspirations.
Rovers hit the front as early as the 2nd minute when Whitehouse crashed over for a try from a well worked move involving Golec after good work from Heath and Smith. Rovers went close through Kelly and Simpson before Weight latched onto Gallagher’s excellent long pass to crash over in the corner.
Further good work from Pajor and Barlow saw Reville stopped just short and Kelly was unlucky not to score when supporting Palmer’s good break. Hick was next on the score sheet when he reacted first to Smith’s excellent grubber kick to score a good try. Shaw wrapped up the first half scoring when he supported Heath’s good break to score from 30 yards out, Weight adding the conversion to give Rovers a comfortable 18 v 0 half time lead.
The 2nd period saw Rovers turn the screw on the home side with Pajor’s storming run leading to Whitehouse claiming his 2nd try from another well worked set-piece move, Weight again successful with the conversion.
Hick Simpson and Barlow were all making good yards for the Rovers while on defence Greenbank and Golec were leading the way keeping the home side pinned deep in their own half with some punishing hits. Shaw scored a wonderful 80 yard solo try on the hour, beating several would be defenders with his elusive running and blistering pace.
Golec made an excellent break and his clever well timed ball saw Cooper crash over for what would be Rovers last score of the day on 68 minutes.
Complacency then set in and the defence that had been superb all afternoon switched off allowing the home side 2 consolation scores in the last 8 minutes. Underbank may well be struggling to find their feet in this division but they certainly showed character and a never say die attitude that will give them some hope in the remaining weeks of the season.
For Rovers they will need to remember that the game lasts 80 minutes and certainly cannot afford to give some of their remaining opponents any chances in their promotion run in.
There were some good displays all around the park from the Rovers side with Golec, Greenbank Shaw and Pajor all catching the eye.
The Motorcity Motorists Centre sponsored man of the match award went to Whitehouse who again led the way on both attack and defence.
Next game Home v Wortley Dragons in what should be a thrilling clash between the 2 promotion favourites, kick off 2-30 Sat 07-03-09.