End of an era at Sharlston Rovers as Long takes Featherstone Rovers role

TROPHY TARGET: Former coach Lee Bettison, pictured centre lifting the cup, will take over from Gordy Long at Sharlston.
TROPHY TARGET: Former coach Lee Bettison, pictured centre lifting the cup, will take over from Gordy Long at Sharlston.
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Sharlston Rovers are set to enter a new era after head coach Gordy Long this week joined Featherstone Rovers as assistant coach.

Long, who helped the Weeland Road club sweep up every trophy they competed for last season, was confirmed as assistant to John Bastian on Tuesday.

He will be replaced by Lee Bettinson, who was Rovers coach in 2009 when the club won the Pennine League for the first time.

Long, who was named coach of the year at the BARLA awards night, was in charge of Sharlston’s 4-0 BARLA Yorkshire Cup victory at Hull Wyke on Saturday and will take charge of the side for the last time tomorrow, Saturday when Bank Top Harriers visit.

He will be a tough act to follow but cannot wait to get started at the Big Fellas Stadium as a die-hard Featherstone supporter.

“I’ve supported Featherstone Rovers all my life and remember watching them at Wembley in 1983 in the Challenge Cup,” he said.

“I have supported them ever since and relish this opportunity working at a great club.

“I would like to thank John and the board for giving me this chance to test myself and improve.

“I am really looking forward to working with John, Danny and the rest of the team.

“I met with the squad last Wednesday evening and they are a great bunch of lads and I can’t wait to get started.”

Long has helped to add a whole host of trophies to the Rovers trophy cabinet and will be keen to leave Sharlston unbeaten this term when he takes charge of his last match..

Rovers have won all four league matches so far this term and top the Pennine League Premier Division.

Bettinson, who has been playing for Rovers A this season, also has a great record from his last stint as coach and will be eager for more joy this time around.