Miss­ing so costly for Rossy

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

NORTH­ERN DI­VI­SION NORTH­ERN PREMIER HULL ........................... 31 ROSSENDALE............ 13 HULL away was al­ways going to be a dif­fi­cult open­ing fix­ture and so it proved as a Rossendale RUFC side weak­ened through un­avail­abil­ity went down 31-13.

Rossendale fin­ished sec­ond last term only to lose in the play-off to Sh­effield and have am­bi­tions to go one bet­ter this sea­son. Hull, who fin­ished third, demon­strated the stern test ahead.

Rossendale were very slow out of the blocks and were trail­ing 19-3 at half time as Hull had crossed for three tries from Cameron Curry, Mike Ad­lard and Stephen King with Stephen John­ston slot­ting two con­ver­sions against a soli­tary penalty from Lewis Allen.

Rossendale looked in much bet­ter shape af­ter the break and, fol­low­ing an early penalty from Allen, man­aged to get Joel Barker over through a driv­ing maul. Allen added the con­ver­sion and Rossendale looked as though they were in ‘with a shout’ at 19-13.

How­ever, two tries from Alex Heap with John­ston slot­ting an­other con­ver­sion sealed the win in Hull’s favour.

“We had to travel with a num­ber of play­ers un­avail­able but we had our chances which we should have put away,” said man­ager Ian Jones. “Hull were a good side last time round, es­pe­cially on their home ground, and that has not changed but there is still a long way to go and when we can get our best start­ing line up out on the pitch we will be up for the chal­lenge.”

Rossendale now have three home games in suc­ces­sion start­ing with newly pro­moted Birken­head Park on Saturday.

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