Rovers coach Sharp: We are climbing the table

Kyle Briggs dives over for a try in Feathersrtone's 21-20 win against Dewsbury. Picture: Carol Austerberry.
Kyle Briggs dives over for a try in Feathersrtone's 21-20 win against Dewsbury. Picture: Carol Austerberry.

Coach Jon Sharp was delighted with the way Featherstone bounced back from an early 14-0 deficit to beat Dewsbury Rams 21-20 on Sunday.

And the Rovers boss singled out hooker Andy Ellis for praise after his impressive comeback game.

“Andy had a really big influence on how we played and got the forwards marching forward, I was really pleased with him,” said Sharp.

“We conceded a couple of soft tries but we won another home game and we are climbing the table.

“Dewsbury work hard for each other and they are difficult to beat. They got off to a really good start but it was about us today.

“Every time we got some decent field position I thought we looked dangerous and I thought we could score more than we did but credit to Dewsbury they rolled their sleeves up and scrambled.

“We got caught on the hop in the first minute with a crazy sort of try.

“Skyes’s pass hit Grady on the forehead and the ball has bounced forwards 10 yards and they end up collecting it and scoring a try.

“That was disappointing and it was also disappointing when dummy half ran and scored a try for them because we’ve been good defensively all year.

“The reaction from the players has been magnificent and the fans were brilliant and they absolutely loved every minute of it.”

Danny Craven kicked a match winning 78th minute drop goal but Dewsbury had an chance to snatch victory when they were awarded a penalty from the re-start after Featherstone’s Jamie Cording picked up a moving ball when Dewsbury’s kick-off failed to go 10 metres.

Sharp said: “You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife at the end and fortunately for us they missed the goal kick after Jamie Cording’s brain explosion. I’ve just gone through the rules with him on that which the kid is pretty beat up about but we got away with it.

“The kick did not go 10 metres and he’s got to wait for the ball to either leave the field of play or run its course and stop. Or if a Dewsbury player gets involved and touches the ball then it’s a penalty to us on the half-way line.

“If the ball is still moving and doesn’t go 10 metres, which it didn’t, and Cording stopped it then it becomes a penalty to the other team.”