Hornets’ early hopes dashed
ROCHDALE Hornets were left disappointed as they fell to defeat at the hands of Halifax at The Shay on Sunday afternoon.
A poor second half saw them fall out of reach of their opponents, as they showed fatigue in the latter stages of the game due to the sheer amount of defending they were forced into.
Some of that defending was brought on by handling errors, and although they conceded 28 points they still defended their line well until their energy was zapped.
The afternoon started well as Danny Yates put Rochdale ahead with just six minutes on the clock with a penalty goal which he drilled over from 30 metres out.
That was their only score though as the first try of the game went the way of the hosts as Shane Grady broke the defensive line before finding Ben Johnston in support, who raced over on 16 minutes for a try which was converted by Steve Tyrer.
Grady came up with another try assist five minutes later as he managed to off load on his way to the ground, with Tyrer walking in for a try which he couldn’t convert.
Simon Grix almost sent Ben Heaton over with a clever kick before up the other end Rob Massam knocked on in an attempt to pluck a Yates kick out of the air.
With six minutes of the first period remaining Grady broke the line once again, and despite having Tyrer and Rob Worrincy in support he tried to go alone before Chris Riley hauled him down.
The Hornets fullback held on too long though and referee Gareth Hewer produced the yellow card as he was forced to sit out the next 10 minutes, with Halifax leading 10-2 at the break.
With a man in the bin they defended valiantly, which included some great cover tackles from Miles Greenwood and Jack Holmes despite being down to 12 men.
Fax’s lead was extended 11 minutes into the second period as Ed Barber somehow off loaded under the attention of three defenders, and Will Sharp was on hand to touch down under the sticks.
Within five minutes they were in again, as immediately after Lewis Palfrey had knocked on 20 metres out from the hosts’ line Scott Murrell broke with a show and go, as Adam Tangata cruised over in support for a converted effort.
The second half petered out as the quality of the game declined with unforced errors, but the home side managed to cap a dominant display with a try three minutes from time as Grix crossed after backing up Tyrer’s break. Next up for Hornets is a trip to Blackpool as they face rivals Oldham in the Summer Bash on Saturday afternoon.
Danny Yates got Hornets off to a promising start