Sharp’s Rovers have an early chance to set the record straight

Jon Sharp
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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS have a quick chance to right a wrong tomorrow, when they play host to Whitehaven (3pm).

The Kingstone Press Championship Shield opener comes just 15 days after Whitehaven romped to a 29-0 victory at Big Fellas Stadium in the sides’ final match of the regular season.

That was one of Rovers’ worst results and performances of recent seasons and boss Jon Sharp – who has yet to register a win from three games in charge – said players and staff have been working hard over the past two weeks to turn things around. “The extra-time with the players has been absolutely welcome,” said Sharp.

“I have been in place for three weeks now and that week off, without the pressure of a game, has given us chance to get some training into the players and to get a bit more of my philosophy across to the group.

“We have had a lot of the boys in the treatment room, but we’ve had a really good two weeks.”

Sharp described Rovers’ effort against Haven last time as “miles away” and said the visitors will be favourites tomorrow. “We have got to start performing and playing well,” Sharp added.

“If you don’t turn up with the right attitude and mindset you are going to get turned over.

“That’s the message to the players this week.”