No respite for strug­gling Howe Bridge as

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

LAN­CASHIRE AM­A­TEUR PREMIER DI­VI­SION ROSSENDALE FC ............ 5 HOWE BRIDGE MILLS.... 0 JONATHAN HEAP ROSSENDALE stretched their un­beaten league run to six wins from six games on Satur­day with a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over bot­tom of the league Howe Bridge Mills.

Yet again con­di­tions were tough due to the bad weather, a reg­u­lar fea­ture at the minute.

Howe Bridge started the game quite brightly, look­ing to pres­sure the Rossendale back­line with some high balls upto the for­ward line.

After a five minute spell though Rossendale be­gan to get a foothold in the game, in par­tic­u­lar the mid­field three of Stephen Claxon, Craig Watts and Will Foster look­ing very com­fort­able and work­ing well to­gether as a unit.

On nine min­utes the dead­lock was bro­ken when Watts headed home a Luke Simp­son cross from the left hand side into the top corner.

The goal spurred Rossendale on and Howe bridge seemed to chuck the towel in after their early huff­ing and puff­ing with The Stags look­ing par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous on set pieces.

On 15 min­utes a corner was whipped in by Watts and met at the back post by right back Ed­die Holden who struck home for his first goal of the sea­son and dou­bled the home side’s lead.

Next to score was Simp­son; who fol­low­ing an early glut of goals this sea­son had found him­self a bit shot shy in front of goal.

He got on the score sheet in the 23rd minute when the in­jury prone Michael Robin­son, mak­ing a rare start, rat­tled the post with a bul­let shot fol­low­ing good work in­side the box by him and there was Simp­son to tap home the re­bound.

As half time ap­proached Paul Hooper put the game out of reach with a strike from 25 yards that the keeper just couldn’t stop.

The way things were look­ing this could have ended up be­ing a cricket score!

As it was, in the sec­ond half the home side added only one more goal to their to­tal when Hooper grabbed his sec­ond of the game fol­low­ing a cross from Foster that he turned into the net.

Howe Bridge did try to make a fist of the match in the sec­ond half, but found Claxon and Watts in mid­field im­pen­e­tra­ble. Claxon was ev­ery­where break­ing up play and start­ing at­tacks, with Watts

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