The visitors opened brightly and winger Kieran Nicholson
put his side in front when they were awarded a penalty twenty yards out in front of the posts.
Illingworth narrowly failed to extend the lead moments later when an Andrew McElroy
kick just drifted dead with a number of players in pursuit.
Sharlston hit back and only a superb tackle by full back Graham Dobson
forcing opposition centre Pete Stubbs into touch with a try beckoning.
Rovers went ahead on ten minutes when good hands created the position for winger Eddie Medforth to touch down. Chris Hill added the extras to give his side a 6-2 lead.
With Illingworth attacking the Sharlston line, Chris Keoghan spilled the ball in a tackle allowing the home side to gather and feed centre Paul Cooper who sprinted away to score a length of the field effort.
The lead was further increased on nineteen minutes when the Illingworth defence failed to deal with a last tackle kick allowing the hosts to touch down for a try again converted by Hill.
The visitors hit back when a good passing move saw Dobson put Paul Ackroyd
over for an unconverted try wide on the right.
Moments later a carbon copy move, this time with Lee Brooks
feeding Nicholson, cut the deficit to just six points.
With half time approaching Sharlston made it 22-10 in their favour when a neat inside pass put prop Ashley Bond through for a try, Hill converting.
Three minutes into the second half Illingworth again failed to deal with a last tackle kick, this time a high bomb to the right leading to a try. Hill’s conversion this time went wide of the posts.
Undaunted the Mason Green outfit mounted a spirited response as Joe Crossland
flipped the ball out of a tackle to Brooks, who returned it to Crossland allowing the second row forward to crash through the defence and touch down.
On sixty-seven minutes Sharlston put the match out of the visitor’s reach, going over when another neat inside ball saw them touch down under the posts for a converted try.
A tiring Illingworth side refused to submit and could have done better when Gareth Halliday
gained forty yards down the centre of the field. They did however register the final score of the game when forward Paul Michael
found himself on the wing, touching down wide on the left.