Davies steers Sharlston Rovers to dramatic BARLA National Cup victory

Sharlston's Steve Hall lifts the BARLA National Cup trophy
Sharlston's Steve Hall lifts the BARLA National Cup trophy

A LAST-minute try from Gareth Davies gave Sharlston Rovers a dramatic and historic victory over Fryston Warriors in the BARLA National Cup final.

Rovers became the first Wakefield team to lift the prestigious cup thanks to a gutsy performance at Woodlands Memorial Ground, Fylde.

The Warriors broke the deadlock with only five minutes gone, winger James Cryer crossing, and it got worse for Sharlston midway through the first half when Gareth Handford went over in the corner.

But Rovers showed their class seven minutes later and opened their account through Geoff Hick’s score.

The Wakefield team took a 10-8 lead into the break when Craige Miles powered over on 34 minutes and Tommy Malyan landed the conversion.

A superb break from Davies put Lee Lingard over and Malyan’s goal appeared to put Rovers in command at 16-8 up with less than half-an-hour to go.

But Fryston fought back and Handford’s second was improved by Andy Speake before Cryer crossed again to put the Castleford outfit 18-16 ahead with only 10 minutes remaining.

The dream appeared to be over for Sharlston but Fryston crucially conceded possession in the closing stages and, after his team had declined the opportunity to tie the game with a penalty, Davies crashed over in the final play of the game.

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