Rovers A eye third spot with second half comeback
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ .. 28
Liversedge .. 10
Pennine Division Three
After a sluggish opening quarter Rovers finished the game in outstanding form in this very tough encounter against a strong Liversedge outfit that were one place above Sharlston at the start of the day. With both sides still clinging onto faint promotion hopes it was Liversedge who started the brighter when a mistake from the kick off gave them a chance which they gratefully accepted, kicking through for a converted try in the 1st minute.
Strong defence from both sides meant that opportunities were few and far between over the next 20 minutes with Pajor, Palmer and Smith holding the line for the home although Golec and Shaw went close for Rovers.
After Whitehouse had been stopped inches short of the line the visitors were penalised for holding down and P Hill slotted a penalty goal over after 21 minutes to reduce the arrears. Uncharacteristic errors by Rovers gave Sedge good field position and on 27 minutes they increased their lead with an unconverted score out wide and things were looking bleak for the home side at this stage.
Rovers started to complete their sets and with 4 minutes remaining to half time they reduced the arrears with a good score from a set piece involving Gallagher, Bailey and Haigh, with P Hill crossing for the vital score, C Hill adding the extras from far out.
The 2nd period saw Rovers using their speed and fitness to make holes in the strong Sedge defence and Cooper went closer after some god work by Kelly and Reville. Simpson regularly broke the line and Heath scored a trademark elusive running try after 50 minutes to give Rovers the lead for the first time in the afternoon, C Hill again successful with the conversion. Rovers were now on fire and the warm conditions were taking their toll on the larger Liversedge forwards with the result that the rampant backs were breaking the line at regular intervals and only good strong cover defence kept the home side out. Kelly almost scored following a good break and offload from Hill, with Simpson also going close from Gallagher’s excellent ball.
P Hill scored his 2nd try of the day after good work again from Whitehouse and Lawson had given Rovers good position near the Sedge line with C hill again converting to give the home side a 10 point cushion entering the final quarter. A penalty goal from C Hill extended the lead 2 minutes later after Simpson had gone close and the scoring was wrapped up when Bailey crashed over from close range 10 minutes from time, with C Hill adding his 5th successful attempt of the day.
P Hill and Reville showed excellent understanding and awareness to fool the opposition and create an opportunity for Kelly late in the game but the chance went begging.
Heath also went close after his long cross field run with a good break from the supporting Smith.
Best for Rovers in a very good team effort were Simpson, Whitehouse and Heath with P Hill taking the David Palmer travel sponsored man of the match award.
Next game for Rovers is the Final of the Wakefield and District Physiowise sponsored trophy, Thursday 23rd April at Featherstone Rovers Chris Moyles stadium, Kick off 7-30.
There will be a supporter’s bus going to the match, see Jamie Hobbs or John Brewerton for details.