Ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nents win Cup tie

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE - LAN­CASHIRE RUGBY CUP

ON a sunny day at Grove Park, Rochdale played a side with some sec­ond team play­ers who came in the side to cover for miss­ing reg­u­lars.

Led by cap­tain Tom Cal­laghan, they were de­ter­mined to give a good ac­count of them­selves against an ex­pe­ri­enced Manch­ester side.

The Manch­ester fly half was keen to kick at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and tried a drop goal which hit the posts and bounced back to the at­tack­ers and the wing for­ward went over close to the posts 7-0 af­ter 10 min­utes.

Rochdale kept in the game with good runs Josh Schofield and Chris Hodgkin­son only fail­ing due to poor han­dling on the fi­nal pass.

Manch­ester moved the ball well with their No.8 break­ing through the Dale de­fence and start­ing a move which came out to the right wing for a sec­ond try this was well con­verted from the touch­line.14-0.

A se­ries of penal­ties saw the game flow from end to end but Dale could not break through the Manch­ester de­fence whilst the home side carved holes in the vis­i­tor’s lines en­abling their winger to squeeze in at the cor­ner again this time the kick was missed 19-0.

Dale had sev­eral chances and fi­nally a poor clear­ance kick from the Manch­ester full back went straight to Olly Cold­man who sprinted through the Manch­ester de­fence line and released Blair Henry who out­paced the full back to score a crack­ing try un­der the posts, Cold­man con­verted 19-7 af­ter 35 mins.

De­spite good at­tempts at ei­ther end the score re­mained the same at half time.

Dale had a cou­ple of changes for the 2nd half with Harry Hill com­ing on at hooker and Daz James at scrum half.

Ged Woolfenden also joined the fray in the back row.

Manch­ester were on the score sheet again in the 47th minute with a well worked try from the wing half go­ing un­der the posts 26-7.

Af­ter a penalty for a high tackle Manch­ester were given a chance to score when an­other dropped pass was in­ter­cepted by the quick out­side cen­tre to score his sec­ond try of the af­ter­noon 33-7.

With less than ten min­utes to go the home side picked up their last try af­ter a bizarre pass on the Dale line that hit the posts but was not picked up right away led to a good pass­ing move and the try came wide and un­con­verted 38-7.

Try as they might Dale could get no fur­ther than the Manch­ester 22 Josh Schofield com­ing clos­est to a break­through.

All in all a dis­ap­point­ing af­ter­noon but some good in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances.

Ol­lie Cold­man of Rochdale RUFC

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