Promotion hopes remain alive for A team
Odsal Sedbergh .. 10
Sharlston Rovers A .. 12
Pennine Division Three
Rovers resumed their league campaign after lasts weeks’ cup heroics and showed their determination with a real hard fought effort to secure the vital 2 league points and keep their promotion hopes alive against a strong Odsal Sedbergh outfit.
Despite being slightly under strength the visitors got away to a dream start when an excellent kick off forced the home side to drop out with the result some good pressure from the Rovers forwards, leading to Hill’s excellent short ball allowing Kelly to ghost through a gap for the opening try in the 2nd minute.
Odsal came back strongly and showed their intentions by almost scoring following a clever restart. In the 7th minute Odsal drew level when a good passage of play saw them score out wide.
Good work from Smith, Greenbank and Pajor enabled Gallagher to break and he combined well with Kavanagh to see the youngster almost score in the corner.
Rovers worked hard and got into some good field position but the powerful Odsal pack were proving to be difficult to break down. Hill went close after good work from Simpson and Shaw did well after a good run from Weight. Rovers regained the lead on the half hour mark when good work from Hill enabled Reville to break through and after a good run his offload saw Kavanagh race in at the corner for a well deserved try.
Odsal came out for the 2nd period very determined and after going close in the opening moments of the half they took the lead on 44 minutes after a converted try leaving the visitors knowing they would have to increase the tempo to get anything from this game.
The next 30 minutes saw both sides with chances but the home side had the slope advantage which their forwards used to good effect putting the Rovers youngsters under severe pressure at times, a real backs to the wall effort ensued from the Rovers side with a steely resolve that the home side were not to cross the line again.
Superb defensive qualities led by the likes of Bailey Palmer and Smith and well supported by Lawson Greenbank and Golec saw limited chances for the home side and the Rovers youngster stuck to the task of gaining field position and territory to give themselves a fighting chance of winning the match.
With 10 minutes remaining following some good approach work from Gallagher and Haigh, clever play from Hill saw Bailey crash over out wide and Rovers were back in command of this game. Odsal threw everything at Rovers in the final period and this saw some scrambling defence of the highest order as the young Rovers side showed their grit and determination.
With the clock almost gone and Odsal repelled at every occasion down the middle of the park they finally managed to make a break down the right flank but a magnificent cover tackle from Hill saw the home winger smashed into touch and the points had been secured.
This victory earned on the back of a magnificent defensive effort saw Rovers show they can tough out a result when required and this should give them a great confidence boost for the remainder of the season. There were some excellent displays all around the park from the Rovers side with Greenbank, Simpson Smith and Gallagher all catching the eye.
The Sharlston Fisheries man of the match award went to Bailey who showed tremendous character to lead the young side to victory.
Next game Away v Morley in a promotion battle with both sides in good positions in the league.
Players meet at 12-15am at the clubhouse.