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Wibsey punished by ruthless Sharlston Rovers
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Wibsey Warriors 6 Sharlston Rovers 50
Wibsey Warriors found out exactly why Sharlston Rovers are leading the Pennine League Premier Division as they suffered a heavy defeat.
The Warriors paid the price for showing their Wakefield visitors far too much respect from the outset and an inability to complete their own sets only further hampered Wibsey’s efforts.
The Warriors were 12-0 down after just ten minutes as Sharlston took full advantage of the time and space they were given.
First prop Adam Saynor crossed after a slick handling move and he was followed by lively hooker Chris Aiton, who broke up the middle and side-stepped the last defender to touch down.
Wibsey tried to fire back, with Harry Hall, operating at stand-off, marshalling his troops.
However, Sharlston soon increased their lead when a sweeping move to the right flank saw winger Josh Beecher cross at the corner.
The Warriors were finding it difficult to contain the visitors coming down the slope, leaving forwards Shaun Godfrey and Nick Walker working overtime in defence.
Aiton picked up his second try with a fine solo effort, beating numerous would-be defenders to the line.
Warriors scrum half Luke Helliwell was busy trying to prise open the Sharlston defence but with chances limited it was the visitors who found their way over again. Scott Glasser found stand-off Steve Dooler, whose neat side-step allowed him to dive over to extend his side’s lead to 28-0.
Ill discipline then from Glasser saw him sent to the sin-bin for a swinging arm and the momentum switched to the Warriors.
Jimmy Rodger and Nick Fontaine tested the Sharlston line but despite lengthy possession Wibsey couldn’t cross the whitewash.
The home side were then hit with a sucker punch when Dooler broke down the middle, found Lee Lingard, whose neat offload gave Gareth Davies a clear run to the line.
Coach Jason Hirst gave his players a motivational talk at half-time and it was no surprise they came out fired up.
Prop Mark Darragh soon made a break and found Ryan Smith, who was hauled down by the last man and the chance went begging.
Minutes later tempers flared and a fight broke out which saw Wibsey’s Danny Conroy and Glasser being sent to the sin-bin.
Sharlston were over again though soon after when Dooler found full back Danny Glassell, who avoided a tired tackle to crash over.
The Warriors continued to look for that elusive score and were unlucky when good work by Helliwell put Godfrey through but he was tackled just inches short.
Further ill discipline materialised when first Smith was sin-binned and then the visitors’ Tommy Crowther was red-carded for dissent.
From the resulting penalty Godfrey barged his way over, Helliwell duly converting to make it 40-6.
However, it was the Wakefield outfit who rounded off the scoring when Davies struck twice at the end to complete his hat-trick.
Speaking after the game, Warriors coach Hirst admitted: “We have got a lot of things still to work on.”